There are always rumors about a new Washington Redskins stadium. The latest rumor makes sense.
Washington Redskins stadium rumors always lead to dreams of big money and community development. Loudoun County has emerged at the top of possible suitors.
According to CSN Mid-Atlantic’s Rich Tandler, there’s one spot that’s become the topic of conversation:
"One potential site that has been the subject of speculation is called 606 Loudoun Gateway. It’s a 280-acre parcel of land along the Dulles Greenway near Dulles Airport. While it is a fairly long haul from the city—about 45 minutes during the rare times when traffic is not an issue—it is near the future Loudoun Gateway Metro stop on the Silver line."
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The problem isn’t location; it’s responsibility for a brand that carries a name that many consider offensive. Wherever they decide to put the stadium, the community will have the carry all the attention that comes with it. Loudoun County has benefited in some way from the Redskins though.
Moody’s, the nation’s top bond rating agency, affirmed the county’s triple-A rating on its general obligation bonds last month. They cited the solid growth in revenue, tax base, and job growth. You can’t help but think having a professional football team in the area helps. They’ve held that rating for 13 years. Add the marketing opportunities generated and it’s a perfect candidate.
A Redskins stadium in any area of Virginia would probably work out, but with players settling in the area in addition opening businesses as they come and go, it’s hard not to envision the organization building in Loudoun County.
Virginia Governor Terry Mcauliffe is all about the team staying in his state, so I’m sure there’s going to be some kind of back end deal to make this happen. For him, it’s just good common sense. He feels that most of the teams’ fans live in the state, so why not? Last year he claimed they were in “very serious negotiations” with the team.
The Redskins have time. With FedEx hosting different events from concerts to soccer, they’ll always have a place to play. They’re just looking for that well-needed upgrade.