Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder is trying to get a stadium provision inserted into a much larger spending bill in order to build a new stadium in Washington, D.C., according to The Washington Post.
Snyder is attempting to build a new NFL stadium at the site of RFK Stadium in D.C. The team had previously played in RFK, but moved to FedEx Field in Maryland in 1997. The team’s current lease at FedEx Field lasts until 2027.
Snyder is reportedly getting help from “District officials, congressional Republicans and the Trump administration to get the provision into the bill, according to the Post. Snyder wants the provision to pass before the Democrats take over the House.
By inserting the provision into a much larger bill, Snyder is hoping to avoid public debates regarding other uses for the RFK site, according to the Post.
The provision could pave the way for the NFL stadium and other commercial development on the 190-acre site that was the setting of the team’s greatest triumphs. By tucking it into a complex spending bill, the team and local officials could sidestep some public debate over whether other uses for the coveted parcel of land would benefit a broader swath of D.C. residents.
The provision’s passage would not by itself guarantee the stadium would be built at the RFK site, and the District government would retain control of the property. But it could give fresh momentum to the D.C. plan before officials in Maryland or Virginia have an opportunity to make a meaningful play for the project.
D.C. Council member Charles Allen told the Post building a stadium at that site would be an “incredibly wrong decision.” Allen prefers to see more resources go to affordable housing and local businesses.
It’s unclear whether the bill will pass. Congress extended the deadline to pass the measure to Dec. 21, so Snyder may have his answer soon.
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