The Washington Football Team will officially return to Richmond, VA for training camp. Last year's camp was very different than the open practices with fans due to COVID-19 restrictions. This year will have a lot of differences from the previous year's in Richmond as Michael Phillips explains it his story that broke the news this morning.
Instead of a two-week stay, Washington will be here for only one week, from Tuesday, July 27, to Saturday, July 31, before returning to Ashburn to prepare for its preseason games.
Also, the city will not be asked to make a $500,000 contribution to the team for its appearance. Instead, the team will rent out the Leigh Street facility for the week at a cost of $100,000.
The five open practices will culminate with a special workout on July 31, as all NFL teams will participate in a nationwide day celebrating the return of football.
Training camp in Richmond dates:— michael phillips (@michaelpRTD) June 4, 2021
The 31st, a Saturday, will be fan appreciation day and part of a special national celebration of football the NFL is putting onhttps://t.co/GOcbjSs2U5
Also per CBA:— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) June 4, 2021
Days 2-3 (July 28-29 for WFT) -- helmets/jerseys are allowed, like in OTAs.
Days 4-5 (July 30-31) — shells.
Day 6 (Aug. 1) - off day. WFT will leave Richmond this day.
Day 7 can be first fully padded practice with two-a-days.
WashingtonFootball Team 2021 Preseason Schedule
Our preseason slate pic.twitter.com/YNSBRxJ5Ax— Washington Football Team (@WashingtonNFL) May 14, 2021
Washington Football Team 2021 Schedule
Week 1: Sunday, September 12th 1:00pm(CBS) vs Los Angeles Chargers
Week 2: Thursday, September 16th 8:20pm(NFLN) vs New York Giants
Week 3: Sunday, September 26th 1:00 pm(FOX) @ Buffalo Bills
Week 4: Sunday, October 3rd 1:00pm(FOX) @ Atlanta Falcons
Week 5: Sunday, October 10th 1:00pm(CBS) vs New Orleans Saints
Week 6: Sunday, October 17th 1:00pm(CBS) vs Kansas City Chiefs
Week 7: Sunday, October 24th 1:00pm(FOX) @ Green Bay Packers
Week 8: Sunday, October 31st 4:25pm(FOX) @ Denver Broncos
Week 9: BYE
Week 10: Sunday, November 14th 1:00pm(FOX) vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Week 11: Sunday, November 21st 1:00pm(FOX) @ Carolina Panthers
Week 12: Monday, November 29th 8:15pm(ESPN) vs Seattle Seahawks
Week 13: Sunday, December 5th 4:05pm(FOX) @ Las Vegas Raiders
Week 14: Sunday, December 12th 1:00pm(FOX) vs Dallas Cowboys
Week 15: Saturday/Sunday, December 18th/19th TBD @ Philadelphia Eagles
Week 16: Sunday, December 26th 8:20pm(NBC) @ Dallas Cowboys
Week 17: Sunday, January 2nd 1:00pm(FOX) vs Philadelphia Eagles
Week 18: Sunday, January 9th 1:00pm(FOX) @ New York Giants
We're starting camp in Richmond!— Washington Football Team (@WashingtonNFL) June 4, 2021
Richmond, Va., June 4, 2021 –The Washington Football Team, in partnership with the City of Richmond, announced the beginning of Training Camp, set to take place at the Bon Secours Training Center, from July 27 through July 31.
“Our entire organization is thrilled to return to Richmond for Training Camp this year,” said President Jason Wright. “Our time spent in Richmond has been successful on and off the field, highlighted by the connection to our fans along with our community engagement efforts that have positively impacted Richmond and the surrounding area. We look forward to strengthening our relationship with the City of Richmond as we return and kick off our 2021 season.”
“We’re pleased to welcome the Washington Football Team back to the City of Richmond for Training Camp this summer,” said Mayor Levar Stoney. “With a new coach and team leadership, we’re excited about the organization’s direction and commitment to our city and its fans in the region. We look forward to hosting the team for an exciting week that features emerging young talent on the field and showcases all that Richmond has to offer off the field.”
Fans can visit the Training Camp hub at WashingtonFootball.com/TrainingCamp for more information as well as to sign up to be notified when Free Fan Passes become available. Fans will also receive team updates, offers and exclusive content by visiting the Training Camp hub.
“Going away for Training Camp has always been something I find valuable and believe is a positive experience for building team camaraderie,” said Head Coach Ron Rivera. “We are eager to get to Richmond to start Training Camp, and I know I speak for all our players and coaches in saying we are excited to have the opportunity to reach and engage with a different part of our fanbase and see what the city of Richmond has to offer.”
Training Camp will be open to fans, with unique fan experiences and special themed days throughout camp. In the weeks ahead, the Team will provide further updates on fan engagement and family-friendly activities, information about visiting Richmond, and details about the protocols and measures the Team is taking to ensure the safety of fans, staff, and players.
Visit WashingtonFootball.com/TrainingCamp for the latest updates.
Beyond Training Camp activities on-site, this year’s partnership between the City of Richmond and the Washington Football Team will also continue its focus on providing community support throughout the city. In previous years, the partnership has generated charitable initiatives resulting in the construction of new playgrounds and high school football facilities, the implementation of high-impact educational programs in elementary and high schools, and donations of sports equipment.
During the team’s previous stay in Richmond and throughout the 2019 calendar year, the Washington Football Charitable Foundation’s youth programs impacted more than 7,000 children in the Richmond community. Events and activities included the Gatorade Junior Training Camp, Coaches in the Classroom, launch of the InSideOut Initiative, expansion of the Loads of Love program including over $50,000 in new grant funding and a complete renovation of the laundry center at Carver Elementary School, growth of the Washington READS program, and more.