D.C., Maryland, Virginia ready three-way race to throw money at Washington’s next NFL stadium

It’s early yet, but it looks like Washington’s NFL team is setting up for a three-way bidding war to see who’ll get to build the replacement for FedEx Field, which is 18 years old already, why is this taking so long? According to the Washington Post:

[Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe] has pitched multiple sites for a stadium in Loudoun County along the unbuilt second leg of Metro’s Silver Line, according to two people with direct knowledge of the negotiations. Those people say that Virginia officials have also begun discussing infrastructure costs and legal agreements with the team.

Maryland, where the team has played for nearly two decades, has just begun its own effort to keep the Redskins, led by new Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, who proclaimed support for the team’s moniker during his campaign. Hogan said he recently pitched Redskins owner Daniel Snyder on staying in Maryland during a two-hour meeting.

D.C., meanwhile, hasn’t had any talks lately with Snyder since people finished laughing at councilmember Vincent Orange’s laughable 100,000-seat stadium plan, but it’s still always on the back burner, especially now that D.C. United will be leaving RFK Stadium, making that site available for a possible future football stadium. Snyder undoubtedly knows that bidding wars are the best way to get politicians to open taxpayers’ wallets with alacrity — it worked amazingly for the Nationals, after all — so he’s starting early.

And in case you’re wondering whether Snyder signed a lease at FedEx Field when it opened in 1997: Sure he did, and it runs through 2027, but that’s not going to stop him from talking about building a new stadium now — especially if he thinks that he can either get a new suitor to help him buy his way out of the end of that lease, or get Maryland to let him break the lease in exchange for not hopping across the state border. This is why “no talking about new stadiums” lease clauses are so important, and why the St. Petersburg city council is absolutely justified in not wanting to let the Tampa Bay Rays out of theirs for cheap.

 


8 comments on “D.C., Maryland, Virginia ready three-way race to throw money at Washington’s next NFL stadium

  1. They should tell Dan Snyder to eat it.

    What’s he going to do, move the team from the nation’s capital, to Toledo?

    God-awful franchise.

  2. I am both a Marylander and a Redskins fan, but it would not hurt my feelings to see the team move to Northern Virginia on the Silver Line. I may be in the minority, but because NFL stadiums host so few home games I prefer to see these mammoth stadiums out in the burbs.

  3. They have some kind of lease with Prince George’s County — on the land, maybe? I’ll try to dig it up after I’m done with this morning’s KUCI-FM spot.

  4. Prince George’s County owns the 300+ acres of land that the stadium and practice facility sit on.

    The lease was signed when the stadium was built to stay there until 2027 with both PG County and Maryland for the land and the infrastructure improvements to to the site.

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2007/jan/12/20070112-125237-5424r/

  5. It certainly is ironic that, most likely, many of the same folks that fought hard against spending money on the Silver Line (which only brings people to actual paying jobs) are getting ready to line up for a football stadium that works for likely less than a month a year. Priorities.

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