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Commanders Spend $100 Million on Virginia Land

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Commanders Spend $100 Million on Virginia Land

NFL Offseason – The Washington Commanders, who currently play in North Englewood, Maryland, have spent $100 million on approximately 200 acres of land in Dumfries, Virginia, with an eye on building a new stadium, according to John Keim of ESPN.

“The Commanders like this site because of how it can be developed,” Keim writes. “According to a source, their plans include a 60,000-seat domed stadium—so it can be used throughout the year—as well as: the team’s practice facility; an amphitheater that seats between 15,000 and 20,000; a small indoor music arena; high-end retail shops; bars and restaurants and residential living. The roof would be translucent and the stadium’s facade could change colors—it would be white during the day and, for example, burgundy at night.”

Washington’s contract to play at FedEx Field expires in 2026. FedEx Field is approximately 12 miles from the heart of Washington, D.C.; the new site in Virginia is about 30 miles away in the other direction down I-95. Incidentally, the Baltimore Ravens play at M&T Bank Stadium, which is about 35 miles northeast from the District of Columbia, and have the added benefit of not being owned by Daniel Snyder.

Speaking of whom, Keim’s final paragraph says a mouthful: “The purchase comes amid ongoing investigations into Commanders owner Dan Snyder. Both Congress and the NFL continue to examine allegations of sexual misconduct, which Snyder has strongly denied. They also responded to allegations of financial improprieties with a 105-page letter sent to the Federal Trade Commission, with emails and signed affidavits that they say proves their innocence. The attorney generals’ offices in Virginia and the District of Columbia said they will investigate the financial claims.”