ASHBURN (Va.) — TheThey must wait at most until next year to find out whether they will receive funding for a stadium in Virginia.
The General Assembly of the commonwealth presented legislation that would have established Virginia's support amount. The Associated Press heard from Dick Saslaw (Democratic Senate Majority leader) that too many issues need to be addressed and also blamed Virginia's off-field controversies.
He told the AP that they could vote next year. This was to be expected.
“The vote was tabled because there wasn’t support for stadium for a panalopy number of reasons,” stated Sen. Chap. Petersen, a Democrat and long-time fan of the franchise. He stated recently that he would have voted ‘no' even though he initially supported the stadium. “For some people, there are some systemic problems. “I don't think the team has the community backing that I would expect from a major pro-sports franchise, and then there are all the problems with the owner.”
In a statement, Commanders said that they supported the decision to postpone voting and continue an examination of the situation because of “the complexity of this endeavor coupled with the incredible economic development opportunity we believe our new site project represents.”
The Commanders stated they also look forward to “continued engagement and open dialog with stakeholders across Commonwealth to share our vision, hear directly from communities about their economic growth objectives and how we can help them to realize these outcomes.”
Washington recently bought 200 acres of land near Woodbridge, Virginia. They have the option to back out if they don’t get any help from Prince William County and the state. The Commanders are planning to build a 55,000-seat dome-shaped stadium, as well as an outdoor amphitheater, which could accommodate 15,000 to 22,000 people, as well as high-end shops as well as restaurants, bars, and residential homes. They would also move their practice to the new site. The project would cost around $3 billion.
The Commanders have also attempted to buy land near their Loudoun County location and may still do so.
They have the land and the stadium at their current stadium, Landover, Maryland. This is where they have played since 1997. The agreement with Prince George's County will expire in September 2026. However, it is possible to renew. Maryland Governor. Larry Hogan stated that the state would issue bonds of up to $400million to improve the area surrounding the existing stadium, but not to help pay for it.
The Commanders wanted a move to their former home at RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C., but the land is federally owned. There is disagreement between the D.C. City Council, and the mayor's offices about how to use it — if Congress allows them to purchase it.
The bill, sponsored by Saslaw, was approved by the Virginia Senate by a 32-8 vote in February. The House adopted its version by a vote of 62 to 37.
Washington's many off-field scandals have not helped. Congress continues to investigate Snyder and the team. Congress invited Snyder, but he has not yet indicated if he will attend the hearing on June 22. The Federal Trade Commission was also contacted by Congress with a 25-page complaint about financial improprieties made by Snyder's team. The Commanders sent a 105-page reply to the FTC, explaining why they were innocent. Both Washington, D.C. and Virginia attorney generals are currently investigating the financial claims.
Washington's defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio made headlines Wednesday while discussing his tweet, in which he asked why not more energy was being devoted to “rioters and looters”, in the summer 2020. He later apologized for calling the Jan. 6 insurrection a “dustup” during his explanation.
On Wednesday, some senators said that Del Rio's comments were not helpful. However, the stadium bill was already losing support before Del Rio made any comments.
There are other issues. The desired location is represented by Sen. Scott Surovell. He tweeted Wednesday that Del Rio’s comments would result in postponing the vote. He stated that there is no one issue with 140 members.
Surovell stated that “they need more time to revise the project.” They have to answer a lot questions about transportation. They want the project to be located in the East Coast's worst traffic jam. And if there are a lot people involved, they need to find a way for them to get them out.
“I hope we can get some clarity after six months — the various claims and being examined by different bodies.