Washington Commanders Purchase $100 Million Worth Land in Virginia As Preferred Location for New Home Stadium Amid Ownership Fiasco

Published 05/24/2022, 6:28 PM EDT

NFL franchise Washington Commanders seem to be entering the next phase in establishing their identity. The franchise has bought around 200 acres of land in Prince William County in Virginia. The excess of $100 Million purchase will possibly be part of building their new stadium and amenities around the structure for future development.

According to ESPN’s John Keim, while the rumored deal was completed last week, official filing with Prince William County is pending. The Commanders might not be stopping soon as other options remain open.


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They were reportedly eyeing a 65 to 70 acres site almost 23 miles from Washington, D.C., and right off an exit on I-95 in Woodbridge, Virginia.

The freedom to develop the facilities in the area seems to be the most alluring factor for the Commanders’ hierarchy. They have detailed plans to create a translucent roof domed stadium, a practice facility, and an amphitheater.

They will also create a small indoor music arena, along with setting up the business and residential complexes. It will mark the end of their association with the FedEx Field stadium built by former owner Jack Kent Cooke and opened in 1997.

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It seems to be a promising attempt by the Commanders’ hierarchy to further bolster the new-look franchise. Despite facing troubles recently, owner Dan Snyder is pushing forward with his plans and sending a statement of intent. While they seem to like all the sites, they remain in wait for any monetary commitments they can receive. Both the state and William County could potentially make contributions f the build.


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While the news is exciting, the franchise continues to keep its options open. They have other plots in other areas available like Maryland, Columbia, and other areas of Virginia. There seems to be a drive from the franchise and their fans to return to RFK Stadium in the District of Columbia. It was their original home from 1961-66 seasons.

But it remains a pipedream due to it being on federal land and various government hurdles to pass. It currently is the most unlikeliest option.


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While the owners face troubles off the field, switching their homes could be to create their legacy. The 2022 NFL campaign might see a team that is slowly but surely returning to its roots. But the franchise will aim at getting back to being a force in the league.

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Anuj Tazhatuveetil

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An NFL author at EssentiallySports, Anuj Tazhatuveetil is pursuing a Master's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. Initially, he worked as a freelance content writer and later as a part of Sports404. An unquenchable thirst to learn about all things NFL and NBA, adding to a rather healthy obsession with playing outdoor sports like basketball, and soccer with an almost encyclopedic knowledge of this industry make him a sports aficionado.

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