Source: Washington Commanders Spend $100 Million on Virginia Land for a Possible Stadium

ASHBURN, Va. — The Washington Commanders paid more that $100 million for land in Virginia. This could be the next step towards building a stadium as well as many shops, restaurants, apartments, and other retail outlets.

A source familiar with the transaction said that the Commanders paid just over $100 million for 200 acres. Although the deal was finalized late last week, it has not been filed with Prince William County. According to one source, it was the preferred site for a new stadium. But there are still other options.

The franchise could buy 65 to 70 additional acres on a site located approximately 23 miles from Washington, D.C. It would be just off the exit of I-95 in Dumfries, Virginia. It would be around 80 miles away from Richmond.

Because of its potential development, the Commanders love this location. Sources say they plan to build a domed stadium that can hold 60,000 people. It will also house the team's practice area, an amphitheater with seating for between 15,000 and 22,000, a small indoor music venue, high-end retail shops, bars and restaurants as well as residential and commercial living. The stadium's translucent roof and facade would change colors. It would be white during daytime and burgundy night.

Washington is requesting to be released from FedEx Field. It was constructed by Jack Kent Cooke in 1997 and opened in 1997. Although the team is the owner of the stadium and the surrounding properties, their contract to play at the site expires 2026. If necessary, they can renew the contract and stay longer.

Before agreeing to a site the team must find out how much money Prince William County and the state are willing to contribute before finalizing plans for construction.

This is why they are keeping options open in Maryland and District of Columbia, as well as other Virginia sites. Maryland announced that it would spend $400million to develop the area surrounding FedEx Field in Landover. The team would then construct a dome stadium near their home. Washington is still interested in land in Loudoun County near their practice facility.

The team would love to return to the District of Columbia to play at the RFK Stadium site. This was their home from 1961 to 1996. It's currently impossible because it's located on federal property.

Virginia's legislature continues to debate the creation of a Stadium Authority, which would authorize money to pay for a new Commanders Stadium. According to one proposal, $350 million would be given by Virginia to the Commanders.

It is unknown how much the Commanders will spend on their own to construct a stadium.

The purchase was made amid ongoing investigations into Commanders owner Dan Snyder. Both Congress and NFL are continuing to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct. Snyder strongly denies these claims. They responded to financial improprieties allegations with a 105-page email to the Federal Trade Commission. It included emails and signed affidavits. This they claim proves their innocence. The Virginia and District of Columbia attorney-generals said that they would investigate any financial claims.

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