Jul 30, 2013; Richmond, VA, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) runs down the sidelines while shaking hands with fans prior to afternoon practice as part of the 2013 NFL training camp at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

25,000 Attend Fan Appreciation Day

More than 25,000 fans showed up at the new Bon Secours training facility in Richmond, Virginia for the teams annual Fan Appreciation Day. Nearly 1,000 more fans showed up for this years festivities than they did last year at Redskins Park in Ashburn — showing once again distance is no issue for the diehard fan base.

The Redskins surpassed over 100,000 in total attendance so far this season, and the numbers don’t appear to be diminishing. The Redskins have recorded over 2,000 fans for each morning practice as well as over 5,000 for each afternoon practice.

So far it appears the city of Richmond was a wise move for the Washington Redskins, as they have a new facility for the next couple of seasons as Redskins Park receives a new face. Not to mention the bonding the players will have compared to previous season.

“Richmond is Redskins Country! We knew Virginia loved the ‘Skins, and today we can give 100,000 examples of just how much. Through the hard work of so many individuals from the Redskins to Mayor Dwight Jones and his staff to the great people at Bon Secours, the Commonwealth has won already, a month before the NFL season even kicks off,” said Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell. “The Redskins have a world class training facility, Richmond is the place to be for football fans this August, and Virginia’s long and important relationship with a storied NFL franchise has only deepened. I hope fans have a great time today, and as Governor of Virginia, it’s my pleasure to say ‘Hail to the Redskins!’”

As is the case with many Fan Appreciation Days, Redskins fans saw the First Ladies of Football (the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders) give their first performance of the season, as well as the historic Washington Redskins band. Fans also received free giveaways from the cheerleaders, longer interaction with the players, and even a comment from owner Daniel Snyder:

“Today marks a historic day in our franchise’s history,” said Washington Redskins Owner Daniel M. Snyder. “With the leadership of Bon Secours Health System, combined with the support from Governor McDonnell, Mayor Jones, and our other outstanding community partners, we were able to bring this unforgettable fan experience to Richmond. Together, we will continue to break records and set the standard of excellence for training camp experiences in professional sports.”

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