It's no secret that the Redskins want a new stadium once their lease at FedEx Field runs out in 2027. The question is where they will put that stadium. If Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe has anything to say about it, the Redskins' new home will be coming to the Old Dominion.
In a Friday interview with Chris Cooley on ESPN 980, McAuliffe said the state was in "very serious negotiations" with the Redskins about building the new stadium in Virginia.
"We're in negotiations," McAuliffe said. "We're very aggressive."
Virginia already hosts Redskins training camp in Richmond. While McAuliffe noted that he expects Washington, D.C. and Maryland to also be negotiating with the team, he believes his own state clearly makes the most sense as the Redskins' future home.
"Where are most of my fans?" McAuliffe said. "Where's most of my income come from? Where do all my players live? That's Virginia."
CSN can confirm that McAuliffe hosted a group of Redskins executives at the governor's mansion on Thursday night. After the team hired an architect for the stadium and released a rendering of the initial design earlier in the year, it seems safe to say the location of the new stadium was a topic of conversation.
The governor even has specific locations in mind.
“We're going on to Reston/Wiehle, and then to Dulles Airport with the Silver Line, and then further into Loudoun," McAuliffe said. "I think those areas would be great places for a new stadium.”
Of course, these kinds of projects aren't cheap and these days it frequently seems like the taxpayers are the ones left paying the bill for professional stadiums. McAuliffe did note any deal would have to make sense for the taxpayers of Virginia, but he believed some sort of arrangement could be made that could make all sides happy.
Said McAuliffe, "We’ve got to be creative with this thing, so we’re protecting the taxpayers, it’s in the taxpayers’ best interests, and it’s a win-win for the Redskins. ... If we can come up, be creative with a deal that works for everybody, then I think the team will be here.”
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