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Associated Press source: Commanders buy VA land for potential stadium site


According to a person familiar with the situation, the Washington Commanders have purchased land in Woodbridge, Virginia, for the potential site of the NFL team’s next stadium.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on Monday on condition of anonymity because the team had not announced the acquisition. Commanders paid about $100 million for 200 acres of land in Prince William County and are still considering other locations in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia, the person said.

The site is more than 20 miles outside of DC, about a 45-minute drive from RFK Stadium, which was the team’s home from 1961–1996. The current lease of commanders at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, expires in 2027.

ESPN, which first reported the sale, said the site is the team’s preferred choice for a 60,000-seat domed stadium that will be available for use year-round and will include a practice facility and amphitheater. The construction of a stadium that would host a Super Bowl has long been considered one of the goals of the organization.

Owner Dan Snyder & Company is looking at several potential sites in DC, Maryland and Virginia, though the ghost of an investigation into the team’s finances has clouded how those jurisdictions can help him finance a stadium.

Maryland House last month approved a $400 million plan to develop the area around FedEx Field that did not include money for a new stadium. Virginia lawmakers failed to pass legislation that would have been conducive for the Commanders to build their next stadium.


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