A pair of Virginia bills seek to fund a football stadium and attract the Washington football team

Two bills have been introduced in the Virginia General Assembly aimed at attracting the Washington football team to the Commonwealth.

Two bills have been introduced in the Virginia General Assembly aimed at attracting the Washington football team to the Commonwealth.

The nearly identical bills, submitted to the House and Senate last week, would establish a Virginia Football Stadium Authority, “to fund the construction of a football stadium and related facilities.”

In both bills, the authority would have nine members selected by the Governor and subject to confirmation by the Assembly; four of these members would be drawn from a roster chosen by the team (presumably the WFT, although the invoices do not specify this).

The authority would “hire independent contractors, enter into contracts, acquire property, borrow money and exercise other similar powers,” according to the bills.

the Senate Bill, presented by Majority Leader Dick Saslaw, says bonds issued by the authority would have a maximum term of 40 years; the house bill, introduced by Del. Barry Knight, limits the duration to 20 years. The Knight bill dissolves the authority if there was no rental agreement before July 1, 2025; Saslaw’s does not have such a provision.

Last week, Virginia Sen. Jeremy McPike said owner Dan Snyder and other team officials had met with lawmakers to discuss the possibilities, and said Loudoun and Prince William counties were likely candidates for a position.

McPike, speaking on 106.7 The Fan, said the plan was for a stadium to be part of an entertainment complex which could generate tax revenue.

“I’m not interested in paying for a stadium with my taxes,” he said.

Virginia already has ballpark authority; in his first address to the Assembly last week, Governor Glenn Youngkin said, “Let’s expand the Baseball Stadium Authority to include football, and maybe we’ll have one too.”

The Washington football team has trained in Ashburn, Virginia and played in Landover, Maryland since 1997. The team’s lease in Landover expires in 2027.

Virginia would be the largest state in the United States without an NFL, NBA, NHL or MLB team.

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