The Redskins are taking their time in the process of getting a replacement for FedEx Field built. Proceeding deliberately certainly is called for with such a huge project but they can’t wait too long if they want to lay claim to a prime location for their new home.
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.
But the Redskins must move if they are going to secure this parcel of land.
“I know that there’s a lot of interest in that land for things besides stadiums, and so if [the Redskins] want to reserve that land, they would need to be one of the purchasers or look at buying it right now if they’re going to do it at all,” Loudoun County Supervisor Meyer told the Loudoun Times-Mirror recently.
Myer spoke after Redskins president Bruce Allen told members of the media that talks on the new stadium are well underway.
“Those talks are ongoing and very positive,” Allen said back on May 22. “We have a commitment at FedEx Field through 2027 but this process is going to start sooner than anyone really believes because to build these new monuments takes a lot of time.”
Allen mentioned that team owner Dan Snyder is on the NFL stadium committee and that he has become very familiar with the timelines for getting stadiums built in recent years in other cities.
He said that the project is “ahead of schedule,” although he did not give any specifics as to when an announcement might be made. Allen also said that Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia are all in the mix.
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Buddy Rizer, Loudoun County’s director of economic development, made it clear that the county intends to get the land developed as soon as possible and that the Redskins’ long window might not work.
“We have been thrilled with the interest in that [606 Loudoun Gateway] site from a whole bunch of people that are interested in kind of enacting their vision there, and there’s a lot of great things that I think Loudoun County is going to be proud of that are possible there,” Rizer said.
In other words, the Redskins need to act quickly if they are interested in this land for their new home. Since other prime potential locations are not going to be available forever either, the Redskins likely need to settle on a spot sooner rather than later.