Discussions over a potential Washington Redskins stadium at Oxon Cove in Maryland are discounting, as governor Larry Hogan is ceasing talks of the facility in a proposed land swap.
In December, Hogan announced a potential land swap with the federal government that could facilitate a new stadium project in the state. Under that proposal, the state would gain control of 300 acres of land at Oxon Cove Park in Prince George’s County in exchange for roughly 2,481 acres of parkland in Western Maryland. The Oxon Cove Park land would then be used for a new Redskins stadium project, putting the facility near amenities such as MGM National Harbor Casino and the National Harbor development.
That concept–which prompted some concerns among state lawmakers, including the potential cost of infrastructure improvements–came as the Redskins and owner Daniel Snyder explore their options for a new stadium in advance of the 2027 expiration of their FedEx Field lease. However, discussions over a potential Redskins Oxon Cove stadium will not continue “at this time,” the Hogan administration confirmed on Tuesday. The administration’s pursuit of the proposed land swap will continue, but at this point discussions over using the Oxon Cove site for a new stadium are being discontinued. More from The Washington Post:
Hogan is not abandoning his effort to acquire the Oxon Cove site for other purposes, according to Amelia Chasse, his communications director. He is simply halting talks with the Redskins.
“We are not continuing discussions with the Redskins regarding this site at this time, however we are moving full steam ahead with acquiring state control of the Maryland Gateway in Prince George’s County from the federal government,” Chasse wrote in response to an email from The Washington Post asking whether Hogan had withdrawn support of a new Redskins stadium in Maryland. “We believe this site holds significant potential benefits for the region and the state, as does the proposal to expand protected federal parkland in Western Maryland. We are working closely with our federal partners to finalize the transfer.”
At this point, there are still many questions about how the organization will proceed with its ambitions for a new stadium. The site of RFK Stadium, the team’s home from 1961-1996, is favored in some circles, but will face hurdles relating to control over the land and local political opposition. It has not indicated any interest at this point of pursuing a renovation or new stadium at the FedEx Field site in Prince George’s County, and talks about the team potentially landing in Northern Virginia have cooled over the last several months.