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ASHBURN, Va., – Washington Commanders paid more than $ 100 million for land in Virginia, a possible next step in building a new stadium, as well as numerous retail stores, restaurants, and apartments.
According to a source familiar with the purchase, the commanders paid a little more than $ 100 million for about 200 acres. The deal was finalized late last week but has not yet been filed with Prince William County, the state of the country. A source called it the team’s favorite venue for a new stadium, but other options remain open.
There is a chance that the franchise will buy an additional 65 to 70 acres at a location that is approximately 23 miles from Washington, DC, and would be right at an exit on I-95 in Woodbridge, Virginia. It would be about 80 miles from Richmond.
Commanders like this site because of how it can be developed. According to a source, their plans include a domed stadium with 60,000 seats – so it can be used all year round – as well as: the team’s training facility; an amphitheater with space for between 15,000 and 20,000; a small indoor music arena; advanced retail stores; bars and restaurants and accommodation. The roof would be transparent and the facade of the stadium could change color – it would be white during the day and, for example, burgundy at night.
Washington wants to leave FedEx Field, which was built by former owner Jack Kent Cooke and opened in 1997. The team owns the stadium as well as the surrounding property, but their contract to play at this location expires in 2026. They can renew it and stay longer if necessary.
Before agreeing to a site, the team must find out how much money the state and Prince William County are willing to spend before completing plans to build.
That’s why they keep opportunities open in Maryland and the District of Columbia as well as elsewhere in Virginia. Maryland said it would spend $ 400 million on developing the area around FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland. The team would then build a dome-shaped stadium at their current home. Washington is still looking at land in Loudoun County, near their current training facility.
The team would like to return to the District of Columbia at RFK Stadium, their home from 1961-96. But because it is on federal land, several state barriers are currently making it a long shot.
Virginia’s Legislature continues to discuss the creation of a Stadium Authority that would approve money to pay for a new Commander’s stadium. According to a proposal, the commanders would receive $ 350 million from Virginia.
It is uncertain how much money the commanders would spend on their own to build a stadium.
The acquisition comes amid ongoing investigations by Commander owner Dan Snyder. Both Congress and the NFL continue to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct, which Snyder has vehemently denied. They also responded to allegations of financial irregularities with a 105-page letter sent to the Federal Trade Commission, with emails and signed statements that they say prove their innocence. The Attorney General’s offices in Virginia and the District of Columbia said they will investigate the financial claims.