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RICHMOND, Va. – In response to feedback from residents and business owners, city leadership has created what they believe is a compromise to allow more local flavor at the Redskins Training Camp.

CBS 6 reported last year that although  leadership promised an economic boost of millions for the city, no local vendors were allowed to sell food inside the training camp to the thousands that visited during the summer.

Instead, visitors found national chain vendors like Johnny Rockets and Famous Daves; none of those vendors actually operate facilities within the city of Richmond, as several city restaurant owners pointed out.

The Redskins already had existing legal agreements with the vendors found inside the camp, and the city did not negotiate on behalf of local vendors when the agreement was signed to bring the team here.

Last summer restaurant owners expressed their willingness to showcase their food at the site, and it looks like the city heard them.

On  June 4, an official notice was posted on the Washington Redskins Bon Secours Training Center website that applications are now being accepted for “training camp food court.”

If you’re interested, you have only until June 15, 2014 to apply.

There are limited spaces available and the fee is $2,500, which covers the entire duration of training camp.

Also, the spaces are not set up within the training camp; they are directly outside it, along West Leigh Street.

Priority will be given to those vendors who are available for each session of training camp.

All accepted applicants will be required to submit a copy of their business license, health permit, and certificate of insurance. Payment is due upon acceptance.

If you are interested in participating, please email Lesa Williams at lwilliams@smgrichmond.com. For additional questions, you can call 804/780-4970, extension 114.

Please attach a photo of your typical set up to an email with the following information:

  • Name
  • Business Name
  • Mailing Address
  • Phone Number
  • Email Address
  • Registered MWBE (Y/N)
  • VA Tax ID Number
  • Products and Description
  • Dimensions of truck/trailer

Read the official announcement here. 

 

In 2013 the camp attracted a total of 165,571 visits to the facility,  bringing people in from all 50 states over the course of the three weeks, according to officials. The team has an eight-year deal with the city.

Training camp will begin on July 24 and run through August 11; complete schedule is here. 

Fan Appreciation Day is set for August 2. Practice times are a little different than last year. The Redskins will hold a full practice beginning at 8:35am each day (unless otherwise noted) and a 4:10pm walk through.

The camp opens at 8 a.m. and will close around 6 p.m. daily.

6 comments

  • R Moffett

    What a joke – another pretense at helping Richmonders from the Mayor and his minions while pandering to and subsidizing the wealthy. Jones knows perfectly well that $2,500 ($132.57 per day) is well-beyond the capability of most food truck operators and does not place them where they are readily accessible. Surely the Jones Administration is the most deceptive, corrupt, inept, ineffective, and inefficient Richmond has ever had

    • Trevor

      Please save your political speech for another story. You find a summertime event where you can vend or park your food truck for $132.57… I’ll wait.

    • athynz

      Do you seriously believe that? $2,500 for the duration of the camp – with the attendance the camp had last year (IIRC the place was packed on a daily basis) coupled with the Patriots being there for joint practice sessions the last few days (so add the team, their support staff, coaches, etc plus die hard Patriot fans travelling down to see their team) $2,500 is a drop in the bucket. They’ll likely make that back in a day or two. This is a great opportunity for local restaurants to get in and get their products noticed which in turn will drive up their business after the practices are done.

  • Karl Hott

    Yes, the Jones administration is amateur at best. But that has nothing to do with the issue at hand. Food vendors at nearly all other festivals/events/concerts have to pay to participate. They generally don’t mind because of the cash windfall from a huge audience onsite with limited competition. $132.57 per day is a steal. One-day food sponsorships for other Richmond events range from $500 to $2000.

  • Mo Fiscal conservatism

    Interesting point, R Moffett. But these aren’t going to be hotdog carts parked outside the Siegel Center. These are local restaurants who will me catering to Redskins fans from all over. So $133 dollars a day will not be a problem for most. (even after you consider business costs and profit) Nice try though. I wish these comment pages had sound effects, because most of you would be a lot more interesting if there were a “sad trombone” to go with most of your long, misinformed rants.

    • athynz

      Interesting – Kathryn you’ve posted something I’m in complete agreement with… Now I’ll wait for the sky to fall and the sun to go nova… LOL I’m glad to see that the city is opening up the venue to local restaurants.

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