Redskins setting up camp in Virginia

Move from Frostburg means traffic problems

May 23, 2000|By Vito Stellino | Vito Stellino,SUN STAFF

The Washington Redskins will announce at a news conference today that they're moving the site of their training camp in July from Frostburg, Md., to their practice facility in Ashburn, Va.

The Redskins still have five years left on their lease with Frostburg State, but owner Daniel Snyder is expected to buy his way out of it for $1 million.

Late Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke agreed to move training camp to Frostburg five years ago as part of the deal in which the state of Maryland spent more than $70 million in infrastructure improvements at their new stadium in Landover.

The Redskins will build temporary bleachers at their training facility, but it may be a logistical nightmare for fans get to the practices on the crowded Northern Virginia roads.

Loudoun County, Va., officials announced yesterday that the Redskins can have no more than 2,000 cars and 7,500 fans at the facility on weekdays and 3,000 cars and 15,000 fans on the weekends. It may be difficult to draw that many, though, because fans may be leery of fighting the traffic in the area.

Virginia officials also ruled that practice can't start before 9:30 a.m. and can't end before 5:45 p.m. in an attempt to enable the fans to avoid the worst of the rush-hour traffic.

The switch is going to make it difficult to conduct a normal training camp because the players will have to be bused to and from the training facility to a nearby hotel.

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