A Few of the New Guys on Yesterday’s Crowd

It’s probably pretty clear from the tenor of my Fan Appreciation Day posts that I was impressed by the number of people who showed up.

Yesterday\'s crowd.

Yesterday's crowd.

The fact that it turned out to be a record-breaking crowd made me feel a little better about that, but part of me still just felt like the new guy who doesn’t know what things are like around here.

With that in mind, I figured I’d go ask a few of the other new guys — guys who, unlike me, have actually played in front crowds for much of their lives — what they thought of the whole thing.

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28K

Announced attendance is in the 28,000 range, which certainly explains the traffic concerns this morning.

I should also mention that our intrepid Gary Fitzgerald is going to be posting a recap of the scrimmage, so look for that on Redskins.com.

View From On High

There are a lot of people here. I haven’t heard absolute numbers yet, but the previous training camp record was something like 25,000 and I’d be shocked if this isn’t at least close to that. Here’s what it looks like from the rooftop of Redskins Park.


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Busy Day

Mikey T of the Hogettes at the reception desk.

Mikey T of the Hogettes at the reception desk.

Opening Early

Apparently the line got long enough that the gates have already been opened.

Here they come.

Here they come.

Day 7 – Plenty of Fans to Appreciate

Sometime around 5:00 this morning, cars started waiting in the middle of Loudoun County Parkway for the gates to the parking lot to open (which wasn’t going to happen until around 10:30), so that the occupants could then wait in line for the gates to training camp to open (which wasn’t going to happen until noon.)

By 10:00, the line of cars stretched back along the length of Loudoun County Parkway, completely blocking the left lane and looking not entirely unlike the end of Field of Dreams.

People had left their vehicles to tailgate, eat, and generally enjoy the fine streetside view, although most of them had been herded back to their cars by a Loudoun County policeman by the time I got out there.

A group that had moved to a nearby shady area (leaving “the car down there in line with the wives”) had been there since five, “grilling out, eating some steak, some potatoes, hamburgers, some hotdogs.” Breakfast of champions, I suppose, although I don’t think I could swing quite ALL of that.

The youngest of the crew, Andre, was wearing a Santana Moss shadow jersey. “I just want to see Jason Campbell, see him have a good practice,” he said. “And no injuries.”

Andre in his 89 shadow jersey.

Andre in his 89 shadow jersey.

Looks like it’s going to be just as crazy here at the Park as everyone said it would be

Gate staff preparing for the crowds.

Gate staff preparing for the crowds.

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