Washington Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell pauses on the way to the practice field to sign a few autographs as the teams gets training camp underway. Photo by Ron Burke
Few activities in the District and surrounding areas generate as much interest and excitement as the start of the Washington Redskins Training Camp, which is held at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Va. For an eight-day period, the team holds morning practices that are free and open to the public. Those days are Thu., July 30 to Sun., Aug. 2 and Tue., Aug. 4 to Fri., Aug. 7. Fan Appreciation Day is on Sat., August 8.
The practices draw thousands of fans, who stand in line to try and get autographs, take pictures and watch individual and position drills, which include seven on seven and 11 on 11 competitions.
Being up close and personal with the players and coaches allows a birdâ€™s eye view of things that cannot come across on TV.
â€œMan, I canâ€™t believe the size of some of these guys. Look at [fullback] Mike Sellers,â€ Herb Boyd, 56, of Southeast said. â€œHe is huge!â€ Boyd said, as he watched running back drills.