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 Posted: Tue Jun 23rd, 2020 09:19 pm
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The thing that puts the Redskins in a bind is that the team is considering replacing FedEx Field which was among the first in the new generation of stadiums when it opened in 1997. The team made notable sacrifices in location, design, construction materials, and the construction process as part of an ultimately failed attempt at getting the stadium completed in the lifetime of the team's late owner Jack Kent Cooke who died a few months before it opened. Those shortcuts combined with some poorly thought out and executed renovations by the subsequent Daniel Snyder ownership have accelerated the stadium's decline in comparison to the many that have followed. Snyder is said to look at AT&T Stadium in the Dallas-Forth Metroplex with a great deal of envy.

FedEx Field was built in Landover, MD following failed attempts at building in Washington DC's Virginia suburbs which is where the team's HQ and practice facility are located. Most of the players, coaches, and staff live in that part of the metro area as well. Ideally the Redskins would build there or closer too it were a new stadium to be constructed. For the latter option, there has been talk of going back into DC proper. RFK Stadium stood for years after, hosting DC United of MLS and other events like concerts, as well as a brief stint as home of the Nats. DC United relocated to a new stadium a couple of seasons ago. RFK has now been shut down and is increasingly in derelict condition. The mayor of DC and other politicians in the city would love to get the Redskins back in town with all parties eyeing the RFK site. 

Daniel Snyder is willing to finance his own stadium in order to have full control of the revenues. The problem is the Redskins would need construction permission to build, probably some tax breaks, and infrastructure improvements that typically fall to local government because they benefit more than just the team and stadium. DC political leaders have painted themselves into a corner with the Redskins nickname, stating they won't approve construction unless the team gets a new name. There isn't a way for them to go back on that pledge without looking really bad and jeopardizing careers in the case of some of them. Snyder has dug in deep on keeping the name. If the team wants a new stadium, it won't be there due to the nickname unless one of the two sides compromises.