RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Washington Redskins are moving their training camp from northern Virginia to 17 acres in Richmond under a deal announced Monday by the city and Bon Secours Health Systems.
The camp, scheduled to open in 2013, will be located on state property behind the Science Museum of Virginia and in area that includes The Diamond minor league baseball stadium, small businesses and warehouses.
Bon Secours, a not-for-profit health system affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church, will build a $6.4 million sports medicine facility over the next 10 years that would be used by the team during the three-week camp. It would be open to the public by appointment during the rest of the year, according to media reports.
Mayor Dwight Jones announced the deal with team officials and Bon Secours.
"Our efforts have leveraged the world-class opportunity of bringing the Washington Redskins summer training camp to Richmond into an estimated $40 million investment in our city with greatly expanded benefits," he said at a news conference.
Bon Secours operates four medical centers and other facilities in the Richmond, part of a $3.3 billion health system sponsored by Bon Secours Ministries and headquartered in Marriottsville, Md., according to the system's website. It operates 19 acute-care hospitals, one psychiatric hospital, five nursing care facilities, four assisted living facilities, and 14 home care and hospice services. The system has more than 22,000 employees in six states, primarily on the East Coast.
The 17-acre site will be improved to add a pair of full-size fields, a field house facility and spectator area, among other features. The cost of developing the site had been estimated at up to $10 million.
The camp is to be held in Richmond for eight years as part of a $4 million economic incentive deal with the state.
The camp and the thousands of spectators it draws are estimated to have a yearly economic impact of about $8.5 million.
The Redskins' camp has been held for the last decade in Ashburn.