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Dan Snyder talking with DC, Maryland, and Virginia about new football stadiums

This article was posted as an April Fool's joke.

DC officials and candidates have long been talking about plans to try and lure the Washington NFL team back to play within the city limits. It was revealed today that, in fact, this is part of a larger deal with Maryland and Virginia to build stadiums for the team in all three jurisdictions.


Photo by inneedofhelp08 on Flickr.

Owner Dan Snyder revealed at a press conference that by spreading the team's home games between the three jurisdictions, he can end some of the squabbling over where the team plays.

Each stadium would be built entirely with team money, provided that the local jurisdictions prepare and deliver the land intact and for free, only as long as they donate approximately $700 million to the team prior to delivery.

This plan will also provide a solution to the controversy about the team name. When playing in DC, the team will use a different name, thereby allowing Snyder to please critics who wanted him to change the name while also retaining the old one, as he had vowed to do.

DC Mayor Vincent Gray said that this would allow the District to gain the "civic spirit" it is looking for, and entice players to live in the District, bringing in tax revenue.

Jack Evans explained that the existence of a stadium will bring economic development to the area. When asked whether this will still happen with the team playing only 2-3 games per year on the site, Evans pointed out that past stadium advocacy has never analyzed whether it matters how many games a team plays, so he is not considering that a factor here as well. "Besides," said Evans, "the difference between 3 games and 8 games is only 5 days, or one week, so it can't matter much."

Councilmember Vincent Orange said he thinks this just might be the thing to bring tourists to DC. In a statement, he said, "The Redskins playing in DC for a couple of weeks each year will mean huge benefits to our city, as having a stadium will give tourists a reason to visit Washington over most any other large American city."

Maryland would also build a new stadium, possibly at National Harbor. It would replace the aging FedEx Field, which at 17 years old is greatly outdated and inadequate to the team's needs. Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker said that the site would be "transit-oriented," since at least one bus per day will travel to and from the stadium site on game days.

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley said that the new stadium would bring more tax revenue to Maryland, as many of the players would likely live in Maryland as a result of the stadium.

Virginia lawmakers aren't quite sure where their stadium would go, but one person suggested replacing Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport with a new riverfront stadium. He said "the location is great, and it's such a pain for many in Northern Virginia to drive to National instead of Dulles anyway." Such a plan would require adding 12 more highway lanes through Arlington, which a Giles County lawmaker said was surely possible without causing any side effects to any important places.

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe didn't take a position on the location or the roadways, but said that since many players will want to live near the stadium, it will be a big asset to the state and whatever area is ultimately chosen for the location.

Since the negotiations have been going on for some time, the Washington Post also revealed that former governor Bob McDonnell had struck a deal with a contracting firm to pay them $1 million per day as a "mobilization fee" until such time as a stadium can be constructed.

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The worst April fools day story ever.
Come on, try to be creative.

by john on Apr 1, 2014 3:23 pm • linkreport

Does each new stadium get a new rail line, too

by Mr. Transit on Apr 1, 2014 3:43 pm • linkreport

Each stadium will be built as far as possible from Metro lines in order to fight back against the war on cars.

by DaveG on Apr 1, 2014 4:07 pm • linkreport

Should have also mentioned that Snyder was planning on changing the team's controversial name - with the new stadiums, it will now be called the Greater Washington Redskins.

by Mike on Apr 1, 2014 4:22 pm • linkreport

The Redskins are Great. But they could be Greater!

by Luther Rice on Apr 1, 2014 4:38 pm • linkreport

Mike +1

by DaveG on Apr 1, 2014 5:05 pm • linkreport

Mike, I cannot believe how tone-deaf Snyder with the name of his new effort to help with the problems Native Americans face: "Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation."

He doesn't get that using the racist name in it doesn't really help.

by DaveG on Apr 1, 2014 5:08 pm • linkreport

Har de har. I'm sure the idea of a public contribution to provide land and infrastructure for a stadium is freaking hilarious...to someone.

by Fischy (Ed F.) on Apr 2, 2014 9:01 am • linkreport

tells you what a low opinion I have of Snyder and DC pols -- this sounded totally plausible for everyone involved

by anon_1 on Apr 2, 2014 2:07 pm • linkreport

"aging FEDEX field...greatly outdated." The Romans used their arenas for hundreds of years. Why the Redskins moved away from DC and a Metro stop is beyond me. The rate at which our public arenas and stadia are coming to be judged as "aging" and "outdated" is nothing short of insanity. Whatever happened to going to the game and enjoying the sport. I guess I'm too old to understand. I'm a baseball fan and where the game is played is unimportant to me. It's what happens on the field that counts. This is all about the almighty $ and nothing else; it doesn't matter whether it's J. K. Cook or D. Snyder.

by asabud on Apr 3, 2014 10:47 am • linkreport

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