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Proposed Washington stadium has a moat

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With more and more teams planning and building more and more compelling and dynamic stadiums, Washington’s idea for pushing the envelop is to go old school and dig a ditch.

The latest episode of 60 Minutes on CBS included images of a venue for the team that features a moat around the perimeter of the structure.

The idea comes from Bjarke Ingles Group, a company from Denmark that has never before designed a sports stadium. (#shocker.)

Washington is at least a decade away from replacing FedEx Field, a 19-year-old venue that looks and feels a lot older than it is. Which means that Washington has roughly that long and come to its senses regarding the prospect of having fans on game day so close to safety hazard after imbibing something significantly stronger than the contents of the moat.

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58 Responses to “Proposed Washington stadium has a moat”
  1. seanx40 says: Mar 14, 2016 10:04 PM

    Well, perhaps there just preparing the stadium for use as a refuge in case of the zombie apocolypse. Like Ford Field/Comerica Park in the book World War Z.

  2. key2heat says: Mar 14, 2016 10:05 PM

    Dan Snyder has removed over 10,000 seat from fedex field because nobody will go to the games.

  3. buhbay1c says: Mar 14, 2016 10:07 PM

    Moats are so archaic. Perfect for such an obtuse franchise though!

  4. jimlahey916 says: Mar 14, 2016 10:08 PM

    Hopefully it will be named Washington Redskins Stadium

  5. vikes69 says: Mar 14, 2016 10:08 PM

    that picture tho

  6. greenbaychicksarefat says: Mar 14, 2016 10:11 PM

    BADA$$. Moats are cool.

  7. FinFan68 says: Mar 14, 2016 10:11 PM

    If there will be some sort of fence or railing, what would the problem be? Sure, a drunk fan could drown. That same drunk fan can already fall to his death from the upper part of the stadium. I get that lawyers are inclined to search for liability because they make money doing it but a moat is not less safer than a 40 foot fall to concrete. Maybe they should change the liability laws and include a stupidity clause. If 100,000 people can routinely use a facility without incident then the 1 in a million moron who gets hurt should be at fault and unable to sue because a lawyer sees a profit in the defendant.

  8. tomtravis76 says: Mar 14, 2016 10:12 PM

    It did what they wanted the renderings to do…talk about the team when nobody is talking about them, unless it’s where Bob will land.

  9. hexy27 says: Mar 14, 2016 10:16 PM

    Last time it was a law to stop people from crossing the street (Must pay Danny for parking) Now its a moat.

  10. ebdug says: Mar 14, 2016 10:18 PM

    You said it buddy, dem redskins can’t hold their liquor.

  11. purplepillager says: Mar 14, 2016 10:18 PM

    Imbibing…seriously Florio… imbibing?

    Was that the word of the day today?

  12. bigdog2372 says: Mar 14, 2016 10:21 PM

    The Redskins should be able to build whatever stadium they wish as long as the Redskins pay for it. Since the owner of the Redskins knows this, I have little doubt that the Redskins will pay for the Redskins new stadium. The Redskins don’t need a new stadium for the Redskins quite yet though so the Redskins will no doubt wait a few years until the Redskins build the Redskins’ new stadium. I wish the Redskins well in this venture.

  13. jets4thewin says: Mar 14, 2016 10:30 PM

    Won’t be used to keep people out. They’ll just raise the doors at kickoff so people can’t leave at halftime like they do now.

  14. hockeyflow30 says: Mar 14, 2016 10:30 PM

    Tax dollars well spent

  15. conspiracybrotherjones says: Mar 14, 2016 10:34 PM

    Mark Cuban says I told you so

  16. bigbensbathroombuddy says: Mar 14, 2016 10:35 PM

    I think they misinterpreted the need to beef up their defense.

  17. wnstonchill says: Mar 14, 2016 10:38 PM

    Two things: 1) Great idea. Keep the Democrats in DC out of the stadium. 2) Redskins with a moat ??( How offensive to people of the Medieval times….. ) 💤💤💤💤💤

  18. levanderwilliams says: Mar 14, 2016 10:41 PM

    Next they will add an archers perch & a catapult launch pad. At least they cannot claim to be the first stadium with a dungeon. Philly beat them to it with their jails & court rooms beneath the Vet & the Linc!

  19. richcranium2112 says: Mar 14, 2016 10:42 PM

    FedEx Field is only 19 yo? Thought more like 30+. Was there for Skins/Packers playoff game and was surprised that the stadium had limited view (poles in sightlines and overhang) seats.
    Who was overseeing the architect and construction? Maybe was government spec’d?

  20. thegreatgabbert says: Mar 14, 2016 10:46 PM

    “Bad news, Cap’n, the Redskins built a fort. With a moat!”.

  21. touchdownelvis says: Mar 14, 2016 10:53 PM

    Is Bud Light really THAT much stronger than water?

  22. scoocha says: Mar 14, 2016 10:55 PM

    I think the proposed stadium is for the Redskins. I didn’t see that mentioned in the article.

  23. Seprix says: Mar 14, 2016 10:55 PM

    Sounds pretty funny. Hope they go through with it.

  24. the610limited says: Mar 14, 2016 10:58 PM

    So, if they’re tinkering with the idea of building a moat around the stadium, might this be the beginning of rebranding the team? Moats and Native Americans don’t mesh, but if they’re thinking of a ye olde theme, might something like Gladiators be in the offing?

  25. genoinabottlenyj says: Mar 14, 2016 11:02 PM

    Why stop there? How about tee-pees where tailgating is?

  26. FanOfManyColors says: Mar 14, 2016 11:03 PM

    It’s not going to be a moat. It’s actually going to be more like a beach. The water will be a circular wave pool.

  27. arcross12042004scorp15 says: Mar 14, 2016 11:04 PM

    This is a Football Stadium right ?

    One that is used 10-12 days per year for people to watch football ? In 19 years x 11 Games per year
    ( Which is generous since the Redskins are not a perennial power with a home playoff game in each of the last 19 years ) The stadium has been used less then 209 times, or over $ 4.7 Million per game.
    I would strongly object to taxpayer dollars being used for a new stadium.

  28. haluvagi says: Mar 14, 2016 11:05 PM

    You wanna talk stadiums that seem older than they are? How about Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati? I was there for Steelers/Bengals in 2014 and couldn’t believe how dilapidated and disjointed it was. Pieced together, dirty, crumbling, bad sightlines, poor design overall. I was shocked it’s only been around since 2000, Seems at least twice that old. I’ve never been to FedEx, but if it’s worse than P.B., that moat can’t come soon enough.

  29. discountdoublecheck says: Mar 14, 2016 11:05 PM

    Is this so fans can have an easy way out when their team pays Cousins 20+ mil a year on his extension?

  30. Pftsliberalagenda says: Mar 14, 2016 11:09 PM

    Why would the huskies be getting a new stadium?? So close to where the Seahawks play they should just use the same stadium like in LA

  31. Chris says: Mar 14, 2016 11:18 PM

    To keep the protestors out?

  32. bleedingfacemask says: Mar 14, 2016 11:18 PM

    O.co already has a moat.

    Just follow the “Restroom” signs.

  33. jlv3gem says: Mar 14, 2016 11:19 PM

    A beach, circular wave pool for those winter-time tailgates. Seems legit

  34. mongo3401 says: Mar 14, 2016 11:21 PM

    They should out a most around the Oakland Coliseum nit was built in the era they out moats around castles in Europe.

  35. purpleguy says: Mar 14, 2016 11:26 PM

    Trying to keep the Cowboys away.

  36. livenbreathefootball says: Mar 14, 2016 11:32 PM

    Danny wants a moat to throw his latest coach in when he fires the guy.

  37. floydsknobbin says: Mar 14, 2016 11:34 PM

    Hmmmm, no one seems to think Lambeau is old and outdated, yet clearly one of the oldest, if not oldest in the league.

  38. andrewdaviscmu says: Mar 14, 2016 11:37 PM

    Anyone else making the connection of the trademark they made on the “BraveHearts” 2 years ago? I smell a rebranding coming along

  39. yyc2phx says: Mar 14, 2016 11:45 PM

    Not sure football as we know it will be around in a decade… TV will take over as pay per view will be the norm..

  40. TheBrownsareClowns says: Mar 14, 2016 11:46 PM

    Are they gonna catapult the fans into their seats too?

    Are they going to have jousting tournaments for the fans too?

  41. NRG Stadium's Wonky Grass says: Mar 15, 2016 12:56 AM

    I could get down with a moat around a stadium. Could be pretty cool.

  42. jrclark1978 says: Mar 15, 2016 5:51 AM

    Read somewhere once that Ryan Howard’s house had a moat. Most likely built to keep his family away from his money, but that’s just speculation. Perhaps Dan Snyder wants a moat to deter more fans from coming to games.

  43. dapollock69 says: Mar 15, 2016 6:32 AM

    The actual blueprint is a dry ditch and the structure has no indoor plumbing. You do the math….

  44. aquineas1 says: Mar 15, 2016 6:42 AM

    Sounds like a mosquito magnet.

  45. pestilence1972 says: Mar 15, 2016 7:13 AM

    Your moat drawing looks like it belongs on a Cat Stevens album cover.

  46. charger383 says: Mar 15, 2016 8:21 AM

    “Are they going to have jousting tournaments for the fans too?”

    Jousting is the Official State Sport of Maryland

  47. abninf says: Mar 15, 2016 8:31 AM

    Chris says:

    To keep the protestors out?
    ===============================

    Yeah, all four of them.

  48. ashhole420 says: Mar 15, 2016 9:28 AM

    It is Looks Freaking #Awesome .
    @Redskins should build it in DC and have subway trains, amtrak light rail trains , mono rails that connect from Stops all throughout South Central Pa (York, Harrisburg, Gettysburg, Carlise, Hanover is all REDSKINS COUNTRY still), Maryland , Virginia , DC, Delaware and West Virginia to the Stadium. A Park and Ride Public Transportation Service that Goes right to the Transfer Center at the New Stadium. Eliminates local Parking so travel in and out of the Stadium would be much more easier , faster and better.

    Simple idea Put a Gothic Style Fence along Moat with gas Lamps Throughout it.
    I think that the Moat should flow underneath the Stadium moving the water up to the top and out a #WaterFall the flows out the dome. Beautiful WaterFalls, a Moat, National Monuments, Huge Memorials and Badass Gargoyles, Dragons, Knights and ArchAngels on and aroung the New Stadium would make it one of #WondersOfTheWorld

    Also as well as an Huge Statues of Angels On top At the 4 Corners N, E, S, W of the Stadium

    I think the #Moat and the Tailgate parks Are AWESOME!!! I think there should be built also National Monuments , museums, New NFL Hall Of Fame, and Huge Gothic Statues that change the DC SkyLine for the BETTER

  49. thirdistheworrd says: Mar 15, 2016 9:46 AM

    For what it’s worth, word on the street is that the moat/pool isn’t really a game day deal so much as a way to turn the park into a year round attraction. Football stadiums are are used football only ten times a year (2 preseason hands), so if you turned a football stadium into some sort of amusement park/year-round business you’d be getting more bang for your buck then the rest of the league combined– and that’s all an owner could every ask for.

  50. johnnyblumpkin says: Mar 15, 2016 10:16 AM

    ashhole420 says:
    Mar 15, 2016 9:28 AM
    It is Looks Freaking #Awesome .
    @Redskins should build it in DC and have subway trains, amtrak light rail trains , mono rails that connect from Stops all throughout South Central Pa (York, Harrisburg, Gettysburg, Carlise, Hanover is all REDSKINS COUNTRY still), Maryland , Virginia , DC, Delaware and West Virginia to the Stadium. A Park and ……..

    Redskin country? Don’t think so Skippy. Ravens and Steelers fans – yes. Redskins fans – no.

  51. kneedragr says: Mar 15, 2016 10:47 AM

    All the better to catapult cows at the opposing fans with ( and fart in their general direction ).

  52. rcali says: Mar 15, 2016 11:38 AM

    If Trump wins maybe the moat will be turned into a Wall!

  53. dcgal2k13 says: Mar 15, 2016 12:16 PM

    Wow! A moat would be amazing; making it useful year round would be spectacular. This use would make the stadium pay for itself. But i dont think they’ll do…though i think they should. If the Donald doesnt become presedent we could seek his advice in a redesign of the golf course across the street. DC

  54. sylvester000001 says: Mar 15, 2016 1:22 PM

    If it keeps media out, I’m all for it.

  55. savior72 says: Mar 15, 2016 5:22 PM

    Build a stadium that looks like a giant wigwam instead.

  56. axespray says: Mar 15, 2016 6:42 PM

    It’s too keep the racists safe from constructive thinking.
    It’s their “safe space”.

  57. thirdistheworrd says: Mar 15, 2016 7:05 PM

    buhbay1c says:
    Mar 14, 2016 10:07 PM

    Moats are so archaic. Perfect for such an obtuse franchise though!
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    The word you’re looking for is obsolete.

  58. savior72 says: Mar 15, 2016 7:37 PM

    Yeah, like using the name Redskins for a football team is the barrier that’s been keeping whites and American indians from coming together and settling their differences all these years. The history is just that. It can’t be changed. No one alive today is responsible for it, just like slavery. It’s best just to put those things that happened behind us and move on together . Healing begins with forgiveness.

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