Leesburg Council opposes new Loudoun football stadium

The Leesburg City Council advises on the location of a new Washington Commanders stadium and retail complex in Loudoun County.

By a vote of 6 to 1, the council authorized Mayor Kelly Burk to write a letter to County Chairwoman Phyllis Randall (D-At Large) stating the council’s opposition.

The resolution does not state specific reasons why the majority of council opposes the project, and council did not provide further comment on the matter when the matter was put to a vote on Tuesday night. Only Vice Mayor Marty Martinez opposed the motion.

The council action follows the passage of bills in the General Assembly to create a Virginia Football Stadium Authority that would oversee the financing and construction of a new stadium and retail complex and entertainment provided by team owner Daniel Snyder. The House and state bills differ and will have been drafted before the legislation was sent to Gov. Glenn Youngkin.

According to assembly leaders, the Ashburn-based team is considering sites in Loudoun and Prince William counties. Loudoun supervisors, so far, have expressed reluctance to bring the stadium to the county. The team’s lease on its current home stadium, FedEx Field in Landover, MD, expires in 2027.

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