The Washington Redskins are in the beginning stages of planning for a new stadium. Their current stadium FedEx Field is less than twenty years old having opened in 1997. But Redskins owner Daniel Snyder spoke to CSN Washington about the new stadium:
It might be very hard to build a brand new stadium in Washington D.C. as a location for the stadium might be a problem as would securing public funding. But how much public funding would Snyder need anyway? As we’ve seen in Atlanta with the building of their new stadium, the city isn’t paying for the majority of the costs.
“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, 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.”
Falcons owner Arthur Blank is footing most of the bill himself, forking over about $800 million of the reported $1.1 billion price tag. I think Snyder would follow this example and not ask for public funding to pay for most of the cost. But even $200 million might be too much to ask of some local governments.
However, I think the State of Virginia might be eager to have the Redskins build a new stadium there. The Redskins team headquarters are located in Ashburn, Virginia and their training camp site is now in Richmond, Virginia. So it might make sense to build a stadium in Virginia too.
But is a new stadium really needed? No it isn’t. FedEx Field is still an adequate stadium. But much like Arthur Blank in Atlanta with the Georgia Dome. That stadium is still a nice facility, but it wasn’t Blank’s conception. Just as FedEx Field isn’t Daniel Snyder’s.
So depending on if Snyder can secure a location for the stadium I would say it’s going to be built regardless of need. If Snyder wants a new stadium he’ll more than likely get it.