City of Richmond Celebrates Impact of Redskins Training Camp

The city of Richmond, VA is celebrating the fruits of the Redskins training camp harvest.

While businesses around the city enjoyed immediate financial rewards this summer when the team opened its training camp doors, the official word is that the city itself raked in a cool $10.5 million.

A breakdown of the financial benefits, done by Virginia Commonwealth University and the city's tourism bureau, shows that  $2.5 million went to the Redskins through on-site food and merchandise sales which on average totaled $20 per person for food and beverages, and nearly $70 per person for Redskins merchandise.

Redskin fans help add economic boost to city of Richmond, VA during 2013 inaugural training camp.
The city also enjoyed an additional $230,979 in taxes as a direct result of the camp, according to the report.

“We had a tremendous first year that we believe can only continue to get better,” Richmond mayor Dwight C. Jones said in a statement.

The study also showed that more than half of the nearly 165,000 attendees were from fans outside of the Richmond area.

Redskins GM, Bruce Allen said of the camp's impact, "It's the best thing we've done on a football field all year."

Who can argue with that?


In other Redskins news, RG3 wins the Ed Block Courage Award, a honor given to a player from each NFL team who displays extraordinary courage in the face of adversity.

Since the team is without several coaches, a statement on Griffin's achievement came from head athletic trainer, Larry Hess. 

Said Hess, "Robert's commitment this off season helped him fully recover from a major knew surgery.  His passion and dedication toward his profession motivated him throughout this process and made working with him enjoyable.  He is well deserving of this award."

Griffin sustained the knee injury during a Wild Card playoff contest against the Seattle Seahawks one year ago Monday, January 6, 2013.

This season he completed 274 of 456 passes for a career-high 3,203 yards.