The Washington Commanders may have just secured land for a new stadium.
The Commanders paid more than $100 million for about 200 acres of land in Virginia, according to ESPN’s John Keim. The deal was reportedly completed last week, but has yet to be filed with the county.
Though nothing has been finalized, a source told ESPN that it is the preferred site for a new stadium.
The approximately 200 acres of land are located in Prince William County, Virginia, More specifically, the land is located near Woodbridge, Virginia, which is about 23 miles from Washington, D.C. and about 34 miles from FedEx Field in Maryland. The team is looking at another 65 to 70 acres of land nearby, too.
According to ESPN, initial plans include a 60,000-seat domed stadium, a practice facility, an amphitheater, indoor music arena, retail shops and restaurants and homes.
The Commanders have played at FedEx Field since 1997, though their current contract to play there expires in 2026. The team has long hoped to move elsewhere, as its stadium is one of the oldest and most outdated in the league. The Commanders are still keeping options open elsewhere in the region, including near their practice facility in Loudoun County and in Washington, D.C.
It’s unknown how much a new stadium would cost the team, or how much they could receive from Virginia to build the project. The Buffalo Bills recently reached a deal for a new stadium that will result in about $850 million in public money both from the state of New York and Erie County.
The land deal comes amid investigations from both the NFL and Congress into the Commanders and owner Dan Snyder, who has been accused of both sexual harassment and financial malfeasance.