With the final resolution passed by the D.C. government to build a new stadium for D.C. United in Southwest Washington, momentum seems on the city's side to perhaps bring the Redskins back inside the District line.
Much conversation has been had about getting the 'Skins back in D.C. ever since owner Dan Snyder mentioned the possibility of a new stadium last summer in an interview with CSN's Chick Hernandez. As the months have passed since Snyder's comments, speculation has grown rampant where a stadium to replace FedEx Field might pop up when the stadium lease expires in 2027.
Many factors point to Virginia as a logical home for the team, since the Redskins practice in Ashburn and hold training camp in Richmond. The state of Virginia also seems to most soundly support the team's name, where politicians in Maryland and D.C. have soured on the term. Bowser expressed a similar sentiment.
"I think it's offensive," Bowser said Tuesday of the Redskins name.
Despite disapproving of the name, Bowser still sounded interested in bringing the team back to the city. The mayor spoke about the possibility of the team's return, particularly the RFK Stadium site where the Redskins experienced so much success before moving to FedEx Field in Landover in 1997.
"We have made it clear to the team that we're interested to talk to them about their needs," Bowser said. "Looking to the future, [Events DC is] concerned with an empty RFK. And so, Events DC is currently developing scenarios of how RFK could be developed either with a stadium or without a stadium."
While Virginia politicians have been the most vocal about wanting the Redskins in their state, Bowser has been receptive to bringing the Redskins back to D.C., and now can point to a track record of success with the finalization of the D.C. United stadium.
"I've always been open to the team returning to the city," Bowser said.
Other D.C politicians have not expressed the same opinion as Bowser, but the first-term mayor has made clear her stance. Stay tuned.