Prince George's County, Md., trying to lure Redskins
The Washington Redskins could be on the move.
No, they’re not headed out of the area. But they could be moving their headquarters.
Owner Daniel Snyder said in February that he was considering relocating the club’s facilities in the area. The team has been in Ashburn, Va., in Loudoun County for more than 20 years. Now, officials in Prince George’s County, Md., are exploring the possibility of bringing the Redskins there. FedEx Field is located in Prince George’s County.
Per a report by Mike Jones of the Washington Post, Prince George’s County has a right of first refusal if the Redskins decide to move from Loudoun County. County officials have ordered up a study of a parcel of land near Bowie, Md., to see if it would be a good fit. The county is also considering the financial impact of bringing the Redskins to the area. The county may make a proposal to the club.
There is work going on at Redskins Park. The team is installing heating coils under one practice field and a practice bubble is being built after the team had to move practices to an aircraft hangar at nearby Dulles International Airport because of inclement weather several times in 2010.
One strike against Prince George’s County is that it has the second-highest violent crime rate of any county in the state. That certainly will not appeal to Snyder or those in the organization.
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