- The Washington Times - Friday, April 20, 2001

Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder, saying that it was a mistake to charge fans to attend training camp last year at Redskin Park, announced that camp this summer would move to the teams old home in Carlisle, Pa., and be free to the public.
The Redskins said that they will return to Dickinson College in Carlisle, where they held camp from 1963 to 1994, a move first reported in last Fridays editions of The Washington Times. The move ends a one-year experiment in which the team held camp at their year-round training facility in Ashburn, Va.
The club charged $10 admission last year, becoming the first team in National Football League history to require fans to pay to watch practice.
"Obviously, it is one of the things we regret doing last year," Mr. Snyder said.
The Redskins signed a five-year contract with Dickinson. This years camp will begin July 29 and end Aug. 23.
The Redskins said they would not charge fans to park at Dickinson, though doing so would be difficult because the practice field is bordered by street parking. The team charged $10 to park last year at Redskin Park.
Mr. Snyder said there would be no fee to attend the NFL Experience if the club decides to bring back that interactive feature this year.
The decision to charge admission last year drew much criticism and allowed scouts and personnel directors from opposing teams to watch practices. League rules permit the scouting of any event for which admission is charged.
Several clubs sent scouts to Redskins practices and later claimed to have gained an edge. Mr. Snyder spent nearly $100 million on last seasons high-profile roster, but the Redskins finished just 8-8 and missed the playoffs.
The club moved camp to Redskin Park last summer after five years at Frostburg (Md.) State University, breaking a 10-year contract with the school. The decision to move this years camp out of the metro area was finalized soon after the hiring of coach Marty Schottenheimer, who wanted to return to a more isolated environment.
"I dont think there are necessarily any problems with training ," Schottenheimer said. "I think there are decided advantages to being away giving your team an opportunity to come together and bond."
Dickinson won out over the College of William & Mary, the University of Richmond, Gettysburg College, James Madison University, Bowie State University and Hampden-Sydney College.
Schottenheimer said he got a recommendation for Dickinson from former Redskins coach Joe Gibbs, who led the team to Super Bowl championships following the 1982, 87 and 91 seasons.
"The ultimate decision was the fact that Dickinson College had done this before," Schottenheimer said.
"The situation there is an ideal one. Weve got an opportunity to start off going full speed from the outset, without having any concerns about things maybe we had not foreseen. There will be no surprises for us."
In order to complete the agreement, the Redskins had to move their anticipated camp schedule back by one day, Schottenheimer said.
The Redskins have not completed an agreement to scrimmage against another NFL team during camp.
Washington scrimmaged against the Pittsburgh Steelers in years past and last year held a practice session against the Baltimore Ravens at FedEx Field.
"Im not quite certain what the Steelers schedule might be," Schottenheimer said. "Im not certain that in this first year we need to do that. We need to get our football team together. I wouldnt rule out a scrimmage with another club, but it may not happen this year."

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