By Mark Pierce
Since his arrival prior to the 2010 season, Redskins coach Mike Shanahan has made it clear he prefers to conduct training camp away from the Redskins facilities in Ashburn. It appears as if his counterpart, GM Bruce Allen is going to make that happen for him and the team.
In a story first appearing on Hogshaven.com earlier today, Virginia Governor Bob McConnell announced the culmination of a deal which produced a partnership between the Redskins and the Commonwealth of Virginia. In exchange for the team agreeing to hold training camp at a still to be determined site in Richmond beginning in 2013, the state will fund 4 million of a 30 million dollar facelift to begin at Redskins headquarters in Ashburn, Va.
Negotiations pursuant to the deal had been underway for more than a year, with both the State of Maryland and the District of Columbia competing to be part the pact.
Redskins Park was opened in 1992, and Redskin officials agree that the facility badly needs a facelift if it is to keep pace with the amenities offered at other pro football parks. This offseason, the team opened an indoor practice facility, and GM Bruce Allen indicated last month that it would be only the first of a series of upgrades as Redskins front office works to modernize the facility.