This year was the first of eight years in which camp will be held at the brand new Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center in Richmond, Va.
By the numbers, Richmond was a success.
The average amount of fans who showed up on a daily basis was over 10,000, and the total attendance of the entire two-week camp is over 155,000.
More than 25,000 people showed up for fan appreciation day on August 3.
These numbers should attribute to some kind of immediate boost in fan awareness and revenue, from those areas too far south of the Washington D.C. metro area for people to commute to games.
“We’re only an hour away from [Richmond], so it’s obviously much more convenient," Brian Freeman, a Williamsburg-based fan, told the Washington Post. "We wouldn't go if it was up there."
The economic part that may be getting overlooked however is the addition, and retaining, of the younger and future fan-base.
I grew up in the Washington D.C. area, but with a father who is from New York and is a Giants fan.
Because of the fact that I had more exposure to the Giants, than the local Redskins, I naturally became an adult Giants fan. (Thank God for my dad, because if it was up to my mom, I would be a Cowboys fan for all the wrong reasons.)
The point I'm making is that kids typically take up the same teams as their parents, and the more exposure they have to that team, the more loyal they become.
It also goes to show why I have friends, from the same area as me, who are Titans and Patriots fans.
They weren't exposed to any teams by their parents, and choose to root for whichever team, or player was hot at the time.
By going to Richmond for training camp, the Redskins have tapped into a part of their fan-base that doesn't get much exposure besides television.
“One of the reasons I came was because it was close,” said a fan from Norfolk, Carnell Marsh. “It’s the best thing to happen to this part of town.”
The commute to the old training camp site of Ashburn, Va. is too long a ride for most people in Richmond, let alone those people further south, east, or west of Richmond who made long commutes just to get to this year's camp.
And the ride to FedEx Field in Landover, Md. is even longer.
Not only do adults get to enjoy their favorite team, but their children and grandchildren get that exposure as well.
There were even instances where some of the players had a kid walk with him off the field once practices wrapped up.
For the next seven years, these young fans get an experience that will stick with them forever and leave them committed Redskins fans for the rest of their lives.