Major Update on Washington Commanders’ Plan for a New Stadium

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Washington Commanders are making huge steps towards a new stadium. The offseason will be quiet. ESPN reported that the team paid over $100 million for 200 acres of land in Virginia, meaning a new stadium could be built in the area along with apartments retail shops and restaurants. It is possible that the Commanders will also buy 65 to 70 acres of additional land located 23 miles away from Washington D.C. 

According to reports, the stadium will be a dome that can hold $60,000 of fans if it is constructed. Washington wants to move from FedEx Field. However, in order for the team to build a new stadium, they need to determine how much money Prince William County and Virginia will be willing to contribute. The Commanders also want to build a practice and amphitheater with seating for between 15,000-20,000 people. 

FedEx Field, Summerfield, Maryland is where the Commanders play and have been since 1997. Although the team is the owner of the stadium, their contract to use the site expires 2026. The Commanders may agree to extend their contract if necessary, which is great considering that the team has to agree to a location. Washington is also interested in other sites in Virginia and Maryland as well as Washington D.C.

“Whether it’s Maryland, D.C. or Virginia, this is first and foremost about what they need to create in terms of economic outcomes for the next 30 years for their citizens,” Commanders president Jason Wright Last year, WUSA9 TV received the following:. “It needs to be aligned with the objectives of community leaders and government leaders.”  

Wright also discussed the process of finding an appropriate site in Washington D.C. Maryland, or Virginia. “The dollar amounts mean something different based on the nature of the site, so it’s really about the community telling us what their vision is,”Wright stated. “It’s not about giving Dan money. It’s about providing a destination experience for the community.”

ESPN reports that the Commanders would love a return to Washington D.C., at the RFK Stadium site. They called it their home for a period of time from 1961 to 1996, but it’d be difficult to return due the fact that this is federal land. It was demolished in 2019, and the stadium is scheduled to be closed again sometime this year. 

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