Virginia interested in hosting more than Redskins training camp

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With Virginia successfully luring the Redskins’ training camp to Richmond, the Commonwealth now has slightly bigger aspirations.

As explained by the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Virginia would like to build a new stadium for the Redskins.  Governor Bob McDonnell made no bones about it during a visit to the team’s training camp.

“We’d love that opportunity,” McDonnell said.  “If the right group of business and government folks came together to make an offer, it could happen.”

The current building in Landover, Maryland was built after a tentative deal to locate in Northern Virginia fell through.  And while the lease doesn’t expire until 2027, it’s never too early to start pitting Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia against each other, with the goal of finagling the best possible deal with maximum public contribution.

Folks who oppose the use of taxpayer money for football stadiums can complain all they want.  But with 31 NFL facilities and far more than 31 cities interested in hosting NFL teams, it’s simply good business for NFL franchises to let the municipalities battle it out.

36 responses to “Virginia interested in hosting more than Redskins training camp

  1. Makes no sense for the Washington Redskins to play everywhere except for Washington. Logistically I wonder what it would take to just take a wrecking ball to RFK and build a stadium on that site. Fed Ex Field is a dump and they should play in the city they represent.

  2. What lease? The Skins built their stadium themselves. Maybe they are leasing it from a LLC but Jack Kent Cook built it mostly with his own money and it’s been improved with team money (or owner money). I’d think with their cash flow and since they (or affiliated LLC) own it they could move whenever they want.

  3. FedEx isn’t a dump but Landover is. FedEx just lacks personality and was a rush job finish to get it up before Cooke passed away. I think ol JKC would support the new stadium plan seeing what the Cowboys have built. I think Alexandria or the idea of building anew on the RFK grounds in DC both make the most sense.

    HTTR

  4. Please everyone hold off on commenting on this article until the real authority on the Redskins comments@we all know who that is-illogicalvoicesays!!

  5. manilarizzo says: Aug 18, 2013 9:04 PM

    FedEx isn’t a dump but Landover is. FedEx just lacks personality and was a rush job finish to get it up before Cooke passed away. I think ol JKC would support the new stadium plan seeing what the Cowboys have built. I think Alexandria or the idea of building anew on the RFK grounds in DC both make the most sense.

    HTTR

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    My dump comment was a little harsh and I retract it. The experience of parking five miles away for $25, taking a shuttle, and being a Ravens fan amongst Redskins fans has nothing to do with the stadium itself. I apologize.

  6. Wouldn’t it be a kick in the head if they changed the name of the team to the “Virginia Whatevers”?

  7. I think its cool that every part of the DC Metropolitan area has a piece of the redskins. It would be cooler if they had a state of the art, fan friendly, easy to acces stadium in the same spot as RFK.

  8. whats wrong with fed ex field. you can see the field from almost any where inside if your getting food beers bathroom breaks etc. I rather see a great product on the field vs the stadium. You want luxury get a nice man pad..

  9. Richmond would be a honey hole and great central location IMO. DC/NOVA metro is 2 hrs away and the Hampton Roads metro area is between 1.5-2 hrs out on I64, and Western VA Lynchburg Charlottsville and Roanoke (I would love to see them build a stadium in Roanoke just for the Indian names clashing and to bring Florio into a sissy crying fit)

    It might serve the Redskins better to locate and identify more with VA, just because they are next door to the Ravens which already have a very strong tie in with Maryland as a whole and embracing pride in the state as a whole in recent years they have come a long way from the fat purple losers that dominated their fan base early on. (I’m not putting Maryland down, I love the state, and take pride in being born and having very strong roots and deep family history in Annapolis and Kent Island/ES) Baltimore is just a different world, as those familiar with the area know.

  10. jakec4 says: Aug 18, 2013 8:52 PM

    Makes no sense for the Washington Redskins to play everywhere except for Washington. Logistically I wonder what it would take to just take a wrecking ball to RFK and build a stadium on that site. Fed Ex Field is a dump and they should play in the city they represent.
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    As a life-long diehard Redskins fan I would love to see the Skins play on the old site of RFK but I’m afraid that won’t happen. It’s exactly the reason Jack Kent Cooke moved the team to Landover, Md. A name change was required to keep the team in DC and all sorts of DC laws and rules were in play. Makes more sense to keep the Skins in Md or go to Va, even though I would love to see them playing on the grounds of old RFK. The Redskins have more freedom to do what they want outside the DC city limits.

  11. It’s all about leverage.

    DC United has a tentative deal for a new facility West of the Anacosta River. The site of old RFK has enough acreage for a new RFK.

    Dan Snyder wants the team back at its glory days site. DC needs and wants the team back in DC.

    The existing lease can be bought out, though not cheaply. (“Hello; new upscale subdivision available — yeah, the market is two, three years away, but it’s there–, rough landscaping, plumbing in place; Beltway access, etc)

    All that’s left is for Mr Snyder to cut a deal with the Fed Govt (which still owns, if not runs the site), to build a new stadium. Say along the very RFKish lines of Sports Authority Field in Denver.

    The city will have to grant tax concessions to make up for $ lost to Metro access, but that’s a do-able deal.

    If you think this isn’t the long-range plan, you haven’t been paining attention.

    Everything else is smoke.

  12. Good riddance! I hope they move to LA. Maryland isn’t going to put up anything to keep them here. They don’t even pay Maryland income taxes.

  13. There is no lease for FedEx field. JKC built the stadium entirely with his own money. Maryland didn’t have to pitch in an done for the stadium. The state did have to pay several thousand dollars to improve their roads going to the stadium, but they didn’t have to pay for the stadium. FexEx is property of the Washington Redskins.
    The naming rights might expire in 2027. That is done pretty poor research.

  14. I would say that if the Redskins agreed to have their stadium built in VA., it would be a good thing because it would bring jobs to the state, however, if Terry McCauliff gets his way, he would import all the laborers to build this stadium from China as well as the material to build the stadium.

  15. charger383 says: Aug 18, 2013 9:12 PM

    Former VA Gov Wilder screwed up getting the Redskins, when they went to Maryland
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    That is really an oversimplification. Jack Kent Cooke wanted the stadium only in Alexandria (Potomac Rail Yards) so the Monday Night Football blimp shot would include the DC monuments in the background. The people of Alexandria were vehemently opposed because of the traffic and congestion.

    Cooke made a lot of bad decisions in the haste of his last years, including locating the stadium in the middle of nowhere, and not willing the team to his son John. Instead, it was put up for an auction that was won by Little Danny Snyder, and we have been suffering those consequences every since.

  16. The governor is naive if he made that statement. Richmond’s economy could not support a pro team, let alone one that has extremely high ticket prices. They lost their minor league baseball team (Richmond braves) a few years back. People in richmond are poor. And Dc/va/md ticketholders will not be willing to drive over two hours, the traffic will be horrible on 95 if they move the stadium. If it gets moved to va, it will be northern va.

  17. gibson34 says:
    Aug 18, 2013 9:16 PM
    this franchise has the most drama in the nfl….lol

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    Is that right? Ever hear of Aaron Hernandez and the New England Patriots? Your saying mere speculation of stadium change is drama?
    And to boot the most drama in the NFL?
    What a joke. That was one of the most idiotic posts I have read in a while.

  18. the only thing is going to bring the Redskins back is if they agree on not changing the name. otherwise I think they be there.

  19. There seems to be a lot of bad information up here regarding the Skins stadium, what happened when they moved to RalJon and what the future holds.

    First. The Skins cannot move until 2027 because of their deal with FedEx on the name rights to the stadium. The buyout on said rights is hundreds of millions of dollars.

    Second. The reason they didn’t rebuild at RFK in the first place had nothing to do with the team name or much other than the fact that Mayor Pratt-Kelly didn’t like JKC and canceled the deal that he had drawn up with Mayor Barry. The stories about the team having to change the name being a factor were made up by some ex-senator trying to get his name in the paper.

    Third. The reasons VA didn’t get the stadium was the same reason they failed to get the Nats, the Rockies, the Marlins. Richmond isn’t going to pay for NoVA or VA Beach to get a nice big stadium.

    Fourth. The areas where they would put the stadium by 2027 are too far out from any transit infrastructure to be realistic options. Where they wanted to build RalJon is turning into apartments at this point, Tysons is probably the furthest out you will be able to get and they would be hard pressed to find any space for a stadium out there.

    Fifth. Most the politicians who are blowing smoke about this now will either be dead or in jail by 2027. Bruce Allen will be retired, and we won’t have his political ties to VA by then either.

  20. speaking of misinformation, sixth: FedEx field was NOT entirely private financing.

    it is a matter of public record and verifiable by simply searching for “fedex field financing”, that roughly 30% was publicly funded.

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