by Jason Butt
August 28, 02014
The Washington Redskins train in Virginia and play games in Maryland.
But could a return to the District of Columbia be in the works? In a rare on-camera interview with CSNWashington.com, Redskins owner Dan Snyder said the franchise has begun looking for a new stadium to play in, even though the lease the franchise has with FedEx Field doesn't expire until 2027.
“Whether it's Washington, D.C., whether it's another stadium in Maryland, whether it's a stadium in Virginia, we've started the process,” Snyder said. “We are going to push forward. We've started meeting with architectural firms. We are in the process of developing because it is a long term that you do it.”
Snyder obviously wouldn't commit to where the new location would be but siad the early designs will give it a retro field similar to RFK Stadium, which is where Washington played its games from 1961-1997. RFK Stadium is still in D.C. while FedEx Field is in Landover, Md.
If the Redskins were able to return to the city, it would likely make it easier for fans to get to the stadium via mass transit. As it stands now, the drive to Landover can be a pain and taking the Metro train to a drop-off before a long walk is less than appealing.
Residents of D.C. and football fans in the area would likely approve of a move back to the District, as long as they're not hit hard with many taxes that can come with sports stadiums. Snyder could score a rare PR win by moving games back to the nation's capital. If he chooses another place in Maryland or Virginia, it would make little sense in the minds of many since FedEx Field is only 17 years old.
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