Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s office is expected to soon announce that Richmond will be the new home of the Washington Redskins’ training camp, reports the Richmond Times-Dispatch‘s Olympia Meola.
Starting next summer, the Redskins would hold their camp at a yet-to-be-determined site within the city limits, Meola reports. Washington has held its training camp at Redskins Park in Ashburn , Va., since 2003.
The University of Richmond would be one natural fit because of its athletic facilities, but Meola reports there are concerns over whether there is enough space for both the Redskins and the school’s football program.
One consultant for the Redskins, a lawyer named Eric Finkbeiner, estimated the training camp could have a $5 million economic impact on the area. A study by three professors at SUNY-Cortland found that the 2010 New York Jets’ training camp generated about $5.8 million for the local economy.