REPORTS: Washington Commanders to Shell Out Billions For New Facility; Three Stadiums in Virginia Under Consideration

Published 02/27/2022, 2:00 PM EST

The Washington Commanders are in talks to shift the franchise venue from FedEx Field to Virginia. The Commanders are considering three venues for the envisioned “mini-city”. The plan is revealed a few weeks after the franchise rebranded its name from ‘Washington Football Team’ to ‘Washington Commanders’. 

 

The details on the venue shift were first reported by WUSA9. However, The Washington Post delved deep into the planning documents for a detailed look. The three locations in consideration are Sterling in Loudoun County and Woodbridge and Dumfries in Prince William County. Out of the three sites, which are at least 27 miles away from the Capitol, Sterling remains the most accessible from D.C. since it is also accessible by Metro. 

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Feb 2, 2022; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Commanders’ alumni (L-R) Rod Gardner, Chris Baker, and Fred Smoot walk to the stage during a press conference revealing the Washington Commanders as the new name for the formerly named Washington Football Team at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports/REUTERS

As per the documents, the franchise envisions building more than just a stadium. They plan to build a state-of-the-art stadium as the centerpiece for their envisioned “mini-city”. In it, there will be a resort and conference center with an accompanying amphitheater, plus a cinema, a nightclub, with some additional space for retail, housing, and office.

Washington Commanders search for a site to build a state-of-the-art complex

“We want to build more businesses,” Commanders President Jason Wright told The Washington Post last summer. “This could be a business at the scale of our local football business if we do it right. So the design and thinking around the stadium takes that into primary consideration, and that fits with what leaders in the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia area want.”

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“They don’t want something that just sits idle between games. They want something that is driving economic activity on a consistent basis, and we agree with that vision.”

The new logo of the The National Football League’s Washington Commanders is seen following a news conference to announce the new team name at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, U.S., February 2, 2022. REUTERS/David Grip

The stadium authority seeks roughly $1 billion through bonds as a help fund for the project. On top of that, the team is expected to invest a total of around $2 billion to complete the surrounding developments. All three sites have a 700,000-square-foot footprint which is similar to that of State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

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Sauvik Banerjee

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Sauvik Banerjee is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Bachelor’s degree in English and Economics from Lucknow University, Sauvik combined his love for NFL and passion for writing to work for team ES. Sauvik has functioned as a content marketing intern at Kyari Innovations and had a brief stint with Knocksense Lucknow.

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