LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) — The Texans are coming to Richmond.
It appears to be official, the Washington Redskins will return to the Virginia capital late next month for training camp. For three days, Aug. 6 through Aug. 8, the team will host the Houston Texans for joint training camp practices at their Bon Secours Training Center.
Houston will be bringing with them an HBO film crew. The Texans have been selected to be featured on HBO’s HARD KNOCKS, a reality sports documentary series, and will bring the production crew with them to these joint practices. Redskin’s Head Coach Jay Gruden had no issues with the added exposure, as he was the offensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals when they were featured on the show in 2013. At the time, he said he felt the crew was professional and unobtrusive.
“We are looking forward to working with the Houston Texans in preparation for our 2015 season at our world-class Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center,” President Bruce Allen said.
Although the Texans will be filmed in Richmond for only three days, the city will still gain quite a bit of publicity. When the New England Patriots joined the Redskins for joint practices last year, more than 60,000 fans visited the training center to watch.
“Being able to again welcome two NFL teams to our city for a training camp experience is a clear benefit of our state-of-the-art training facility,” Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones. “Welcoming the Houston Texans to Richmond, Virginia for practice sessions with the Washington Redskins is thrilling! We’ll also be able to further showcase Richmond to a worldwide audience with the Texans being featured on HBO’s award-winning sports series, HARD KNOCKS. All I can say is, Richmond is a winning summertime destination.”
All joint practice sessions will be open and free to the public. Times and details for each session will be announce at a later date.