This morning I got the opportunity to take a one on one behind the scenes tour of the compliments the Bon Secours Redskins Training Camp facility.
Mark Hourigan of Hourigan Construction, the cpmpany who built the facility was kind enough to take some time to show me around the grounds and building where the Redskins will call home for 3 weeks starting Thursday July 25.
While you will see the place for yourself in just a few short weeks, I can tell you that Redskins players, fans, and (heck) even media are in for a treat with the sight lines and the relative closeness that spectators are to the players. The viewing areas are no more then 20-25 yards away from the sidelines and fans will have 2 massive seating areas to take in the action which you will be close enough to see and hear (might want to teach the kids "ear muffs" if a player screws up."
The field goal posts have been up and the field is coming together as the Redskins have taken over landscaping and treatment of the fields so they can have them exactly the way they would like them.
Inside is coming together as it will be next week when the Redskins begin to move into the offices and their locker room with 92 slots. Each locker has a storage compartment underneath their seating bench and a safe in their locker with outlets inside for charging of phones, ipads iphones,etc.
I also got the chance to go back and see the laundry room featuring 4 washers that can handle 50lbs of laundry each, 4 dryers that can take on the quick turnaround of getting AM practice clothes washed, dried, and prepped for PM practice. All of this will be run by a 600 gallon water heater that looked to be the size of a space shuttle.
The Redskins are doing laundry in-house, instead of doing it somewhere outside but this will allow a quick turnaround as well as no "items" or uniforms to go missing.
One thing that still makes me wonder and will be a trial by fire of sorts is parking. This has the feel of "Field of Dreams". "If you build it , people will come." Well,,,,the people are coming but I still imagine multiple clusterjams in the first year.
I will have more after the Grand Opening on July 8 but wanted to share some notes on this morning's tour.
Pretty amazing stuff considering 24 weeks ago it was just a field of nothing behind the Science Museum of Virginia.
Major credit to Hourigan Construction, they really did a hell of a job on an impressive project with a quick turnaround.