It didn’t take long for area jurisdictions to start vying to be the home of the new Redskins Stadium. In fact, the process began quite some time ago.
Citing multiple sources, NBC12 in Richmond is reporting that Daniel Snyder met with Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe several months ago to discuss the possibility of the team building a new stadium in Virginia.
Snyder recently told Chick Hernandez of Comcast SportsNet that planning for a new stadium to replace FedEx Field, opened in 1997, is underway. The team owner said that Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia were all possible locations.
Redskins Park, the team’s headquarters, is in Loudoun County and the Bon Secours training center, where the conduct their training camp in the summer, is in Richmond. There is little doubt that McAuliffe, a Democrat who is trying to build a reputation for being pro business, would very much like to land the rest of the Redskins’ operation—where they play their games—in his state.
Of course, it’s not entirely up to the governor. The state legislature would have to sign off on it as well and approve any tax money involved being spent. The Northern Virginia city or county where the stadium would be located would have some say in the deal as well.
So while Snyder meeting with McAuliffe was a good first step towards Virginia landing the stadium, there is still a very long way to go before it's a reality.