The Washington Redskins are continuing their search for a new stadium, and one high-ranking club official has said that the process is ahead of schedule.
Since 1997, the Redskins have played at FedEx Field, where their lease will expire in 2027. Reports have linked the team to a new stadium search, but thus far the team and owner Daniel Snyder have not settled on a site, and numerous questions remain in the planning process.
The latest bit of information on the new stadium effort comes from Redskins president Bruce Allen. Though he did not offer specifics about a location or funding plan, Allen indicated that the team is ahead of schedule in its planning. More from Redskins.com:
“We’re a little ahead of schedule,” Allen said. “[Owner Dan Snyder’s] on the league stadium committee so we have all the research and the timelines that it’s taken to build different city’s stadiums. We’re a little ahead of schedule but we feel good about it.”
The next step includes “more dialogue” with the different jurisdictions, but the process for the project will be starting “sooner than people believe,” Allen said, because these newer facilities take a long time to construct.
Virginia governor Terry McAuillfe has publicly expressed interest in seeing his state land the Redskins, and there is plenty of sentiment for seeing the team construct a new facility on the RFK Stadium site. Maryland is the state that the team calls home, with FedEx Field located in Prince Georges County.
Plenty of discussions are likely to take place in the future, and where the stadium is built and how it is funded are two pressing questions. Allen’s remarks, however, at least indicate that the process is moving along.
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