With the COVID restrictions that have affected everyone’s lives, there hasn't been much opportunity to get up close and personal at games or other NFL events since the end of the 2019 season, but now that's all about to change. Live training camp practices will be open to the public from Wednesday July 28th to Saturday July 31st.
It's an exciting family atmosphere that puts you where the players and coaches are. There are 7 sessions open to the public -- 2 per day from Wed-Fri and 1 on Saturday -- giving fans a great opportunity to get an early look at the team as players prepare to defend last year's division title.
Fans can get pictures and see the players in person -- both from returning fan favorites like Terry McLaurin and Chase Young, and exciting new members of the Washington team like Ryan Fitzpatrick, Jamin Davis and Dyami Brown.
In a change from previous years, per NFL COVID-19 policies, all fans must maintain a social distance of at least 20 feet from players. Direct player autographs will not be permitted at Training Camp this year and fans cannot gather near or visit the player entrance or parking area. Instead, there will be alternate autograph and player engagement opportunities in compliance with NFL COVID-19 policies that have yet to be announced.
After an unusual 2020 preseason that saw no games, no access to camp and the Football Team staying at its Ashburn headquarters, Training Camp returns to Richmond Virginia this this month. In past years, the city paid money to the franchise as part of the contract with the Washington Football Team, but this year, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the team will rent the Leigh Street facility for the week at a cost of $100,000.
Best of all, training camp is FREE for fans. All you have to do is register for passes to attend is go to
and press the button for free training camp passes.
Each day that Training Camp is open to the public, the Washington Football Team will host morning practice and an evening walkthrough. The morning session will be open to fans from 9am to 1pm; the evening session will be open from 6pm to 9pm. The facility will be closed from 1pm to 6pm, except for Saturday, the final day, when camp will be open to the public from 7:30 am to 3:00 pm.
There are individualized themes for each day of training camp:
- Wednesday 28th is "Frontline heroes" day
- Thursday 29th is "Military Appreciation" day
- Friday 30th is "Kids" day
- Saturday 31st is "Fan Appreciation" day
The seven open practices will culminate with a special workout on July 31, as all 32 NFL teams will participate in a nationwide day celebrating the return of football.
The training camp is great for families and groups of friends. Activities in addition to the team's practices and walkthroughs include NFL Play 60 youth fitness obstacle courses and various interactive tents to special events, giveaways and other unique Fan experiences, Training Camp presents exciting and fun opportunities for Washington Football Fans of all ages.
The facility can be reached by public transportation, but parking is available for anyone who drives a car.
As far as food and drinks are concerned, fans are permitted to bring coolers to Training Camp as long as they don't contain alcoholic beverages. Outside non-alcoholic beverages and food are permitted; however, a variety of on-site snacks and beverages will be available for purchase.
For many of us, it's been a long lonely stretch of time without a lot of social interaction and few options for live sporting events. Heading to the WFT Training Camp in three weeks seems like a great way to break the drought. Visit the Washington Football Team website at the link above and book your Training Camp passes today!
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