One of the most common obstacles facing major stadium projects is taxpayer funding. But if Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe is to be believed, it's not one that will keep his state from building the next Redskins stadium.
McAuliffe has been vocal about wanting Virginia to be the future home of the Redskins, but Maryland and D.C. are also logical options.
Now, he may have a leg up over the competition. Speaking to Fox 5 on Tuesday, McAuliffe claimed that he has a plan to build the stadium without taxpayer dollars.
Instead, he said he'd pay for the project by selling development rights in the surrounding area. He compared the plan to how the Rams are financing their forthcoming stadium in Inglewood.
McAuliffe also referenced discussions with the Redskins' owners about his proposal.
“It would be great for the Redskins, it would be great for the commonwealth of Virginia, so Dan [Snyder] knows where I am and I have talked to Dan and Bob [Rothman] and Dwight [Schar], the owners of it," he said. "Now, their lease isn’t up until 2027 so they do have some time, but we have been in active negotiations, but we don’t need taxpayer dollars.”
Sports team seeking new stadiums typically need public investment, which cities and states are often loath to give. Just take a look at what happened when the Chargers couldn't work out a deal with San Diego.
When asked about McAuliffe's claims to not need taxpayer funding, D.C. mayor Muriel Bowser reacted with skepticism.
“I don’t think that there can be, in any case, in D.C., Maryland or Virginia, a stadium built without taxpayers supporting infrastructure,” she told Fox 5. “Terry is parsing the stadium from the infrastructure.”
The tremendous infrastructure demand to support a stadium is a major portion of the cost, but Governor McAuliffe did not address that aspect directly in his comments.
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