Since the beginning of the week, one question has slowly gained in popularity: what happens on Fan Appreciation Day this Saturday? So we asked the Redskins, and here is the answer:
The gates to the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center will open at 9:00am, as has been the case since camp began. However there is no morning walkthrough. There is one practice, and it will begin around 1:00pm.
Prior to that, at around noon, fans will be permitted to take photos and get autographs from the players at various spots along the field. The team will hold contests and giveaways for Redskins gear–t-shirts, jerseys, helmets and footballs. Some will be signed by players and coaches. Once practice ends, the photo and autograph routine begins again.
One important point to keep in mind: last Saturday afternoon, attendance topped 11,000. The team expects twice that many people this Saturday. This day, especially for the fans, saw more than 25,000 in 2012 and more than 29,000 in 2011. If we’ve seen one thing this year, the first for training camp in Richmond, it’s that the fans are turning out. Plan accordingly for a big crowd.
Here is a video from last year’s Fan Appreciation Day festivities. And from the Redskins site, here is a snapshot of what occurred:
“…performances by the Redskins Marching Band and Cheerleaders. Larry Michael, the voice of the Washington Redskins, will welcome the crowd.
Fans will have the opportunity to take photos and win T-shirts from the Cheerleaders T-shirt toss. At the start of practice, Executive Vice President/Head Coach Mike Shanahan will address fans.”