The Prince William Chamber of Commerce is urging lawmakers to do whatever it takes to bring professional football to the county.
The House issued a statement on Thursday, April 28, urging the General Assembly to lure the Washington Commanders (formerly Redskins) from its home in Landover, Maryland, and build a new stadium in Virginia.
One of the primary missions of the Prince William Chamber of Commerce is to support new opportunities for economic growth and advancement, not only in our county, but across the Commonwealth, as many of our members operate across the state. Representing businesses that employ nearly 70,000 people, the Prince William Chamber is a positive and strong voice for the business community. An NFL stadium and the commercial, hospitality and retail development that should accompany it could generate thousands of jobs and create millions of dollars in net new tax revenue for the Commonwealth.
The Prince William House expects the public policy necessary to make this opportunity a reality that is balanced and makes sense to both Virginia ratepayers and the project. As such, the Prince William Chamber of Commerce encourages our state legislators to pass the bill to create the Virginia Football Stadium Authority, as a necessary precursor to the Commonwealth remaining competitive in its efforts to bring a NFL team in our state.
Washington commanders are looking to move his stadium to Virginia and are eyeing Prince William and Loudoun counties as his future home.
Two venues in Prince William County – one in Woodbridge and another near Dumfries – would be prime locations for the football team due to their proximity to Interstate 95 and public transit options, according to the sports funders.
Potomac Shores near Dumfries and an area around the Horner Road suburban lot at I-95 and Prince William Parkway are considered.
Potomac Shores is primarily a residential development. When it launched nearly 10 years ago, developers promised a town center with shops, a hotel and a Virginia Railway Express station. However, nothing materialized.
The area near the Woodbridge Suburban Land, now called “The Landing at Prince William”, is near the Potomac Mills Mall. County leaders view the area as a transit hub and a prime location for a future subway station.
The team will weigh its options over the coming year and could move before 2026 or 2027. However, team officials have not said when the team will make a final decision.
A new stadium in Prince William County would most likely be a mixed-use complex with retail stores and homes, Virginia State Senator Jeremy McPike told Potomac Local News in December 2021. The new stadium would be smaller than the current 82,000-seat FedEx ground. in Landover, Maryland with a smaller parking lot, relying more on public transportation to move game day fans.
According to a 2021 study, an extension of the Fairfax County Subway Blue or Yellow Lines to Woodbridge could cost $30 billion to build. County taxpayers are also expected to pay about $100 million a year to fund the transit system.
A stadium built near the Potomac River could spur additional economic development by opening the waterfront to new business opportunities and new ferry connections to National Harbor, Md., and Washington, D.C.
In 2017, the Prince William Board of County Supervisors sent the Potomac Nationals, a minor league baseball team playing as the Fredericksburg Nationals, to pack their bags. The executives refused to pay for the construction of a new $35 million stadium and lease it to the team for 30 years.
The following year, team owner Art Silber announced that he would move the team 35 miles south to the Celebrate Virginia resort. After the postponement of the 2020 Minor League Baseball season, the team played its inaugural season last summer.