RICHMOND– Redskins Team President Bruce Allen announced that the Redskins do have plans announce where the team will build its new stadium by 2022.
In an appearance on “The Larry O’Connor Show” on WMAL, Allen told host Larry O’Connor that he thinks the team’s next stadium location could be announced as early as next year. The latest announcement would come in 2022.
“I would say within a year, that is the timetable we’re looking at,” Allen told WMAL Monday afternoon.
State officials in Maryland have dropped out of the running for a potential new stadium but Virginia and Washington D.C. have remained in the running for the new stadium. Washington D.C. would likely have to rebuild or renovate R.F.K. stadium but Virginia has a site near Dulles Airport and has plans to extend the Metro’s Silver Line to the airport and stadium.
R.F.K. Stadium was the Redskins home from 1961 through 1996 which the 1983, 1988 and 1992 Super Bowl winning Redskins teams called R.F.K home for the regular season, R.F.K also was the home of the Washington Senators (1962-1971), D.C. United (1996-2017), and even the Washington Nationals (2005-2007).
If the team were to build in Virginia, the extension of the Metro Line would be a huge win for the Redskins as they’ve had to deal with public transportation issues at their current stadium at Fedex Field. Fedex Field opened in 1998 and was originally named Jack Kent Cooke Stadium in honor of former Redskins owner who owned the team during their glory years in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s.
Washington will have a more difficult time acquiring the new stadium after FBI Agents searched D.C. Council Member Jack Evans’ (D-Ward 2) home in late June due to suspicions of corruption. Evans has been one of the biggest supporters of returning the Redskins to RFK but it’ll be more difficult now as Evans was the most passionate and vocal Council members about returning the Redskins to its proper home in D.C.
“As the last major sports team that doesn’t reside within Washington, I’m supportive of bringing the football team back to the city,” Evans told DCist.com in September 2018.
Evans and Vincient Gray (D-Ward 7) have been the only sitting Council members to publicly support the Redskins returning to Washington while the other 11 City Council members have either failed to support the effort or haven’t made their opinion public yet.
“They certainly should be back; they’re our home team,” Gray told the DCist in September 2018. “They should return home.”
Although D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser says she would like to see the team return to the city according to Martin Austermuhle of WAMU. The rest of the City Council doesn’t seem to be totally on board with bringing the Redskins back to The District.
It will likely be several years before the Redskins complete the stadium from the initial announcement date but they have released architectural renderings of the planned stadium. The planned stadium will resemble R.F.K Stadium more than their current home of FedEx Field. The Redskins also plan to build a museum and yearly training camp facilities on site.
“We’ve already seen some preliminary drawings and I’m going to be very retro with it,” Redskins Owner Dan Synder told Comcast Sports Network (now NBC Sports Washington) in 2014. “It’s gonna feel like RFK. It’s gonna move like RFK. I love that, I actually asked architectural firms to do it and they said that they can do it. I said that I think the lower bowl sections are going to want to rock the stadium like the old days.”
Allen also told WAML that he plans to visit with Virginia Governor Ralph Northam at training camp in the coming days which will likely be the start of casual negotiations for the new stadium.
Events D.C., who currently owns the stadium, allots nearly $2.5 million in their budget to maintain and upkeep with R.F.K.’s security systems and utility systems.