WUSA9 went looking for tax plans for the new football stadium. What we found was so much more. Read the background and get ready for tonight’s 11 p.m. exclusive.
WASHINGTON — This is one of the biggest questions lately for Washington Commanders fans — where exactly are we going to root for the home team? A heated battle is on between DC, Maryland and Virginia to clinch the future home of Washington’s NFL team and WUSA9 digs in to find you the latest.
Tonight we see very detailed early plans and hear preferences for where some lawmakers want the stadium to land.
The plans we got our hands on not only reveal three potential stadium locations, but also give details of what would also be part of this state-of-the-art Washington Commanders complex.
So where could you go on game days? How long could it take to get there? And what’s wrong with a very surprising place on the list?
You’ll see it all in our WUSA9 exclusive, tonight at 11am.
WUSA9 plans to air this exclusive story here and on air at 11 p.m.
But while you wait, here’s what we know about the new home search so far.
WHY IS A NEW STADIUM NEEDED?
FedEx Field’s lease in Landover, Maryland — where Washington has played football since 1997 — expires after the 2027 season. Prior to their move to FedEx Field, the team played at RFK Stadium for 36 seasons, from 1961 to 1996.
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WHO WANTS IT
DC Mayor Muriel Bowser said she wants Commanders to build their new stadium on the site of the old RFK Stadium in the northeast.
“Every major sports franchise in the region calls DC home,” the mayor tweeted shortly after the team’s new name was revealed. “The next chapter for Washington commanders should be a return to victory right here in DC.”
The mayor said that while she opposes district funding for the district, she would support what the city has done with DC United’s home stadium, Audi Field. In this case, the city prepared the ground that would be needed, which would presumably mean that the city would fund everything that would go around the new Commanders Stadium, including housing, parks, and retail.
Bowser indicated that DC would not only pay for all new development around Commanders Stadium, but also to prepare the ground, which would mean the demolition of the old RFK Stadium, which Bowser said was long overdue.
Maryland created the Maryland Stadium Authority to acquire the land on which Orioles Park at Camden Yards was built near Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.
In January, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan said he would like the team to stay in his state.
“Our team worked together, Prince George’s County, state officials, along with team representatives,” he said.
Hogan said he spoke with the COs property personally and told them Maryland was very interested in keeping the team.
But he added that Maryland is on hold, waiting for the team to decide what it wants to do, but the state will fight to keep the commanders there.
The Virginia legislature could authorize the sale of up to $1 billion in government bonds to help fund a new Washington Commanders stadium in northern Virginia.
SB 727, which would establish the Virginia Football Stadium Authority, was introduced by Sen. Richard Saslaw (D-Fairfax) and was approved by the Finance and Appropriations Committee 14-2 with one abstention.
Under the legislation, the Virginia Football Stadium Authority would be allowed to sell $1 billion in bonds to help fund a new Washington Commanders stadium in northern Virginia. The team is expected to invest at least $2 billion. The bonds would be repaid over 30 years, paid for by a forecast of $3 billion in tax revenue from the new stadium over that period.
Meanwhile, the Virginia House of Delegate Appropriations Committee approved HB 1353 by a vote of 14 to 7.
The bill, sponsored by Del. Barry Knight, R-Virginia Beach, would create a leadership group to fund the construction of a new professional football stadium in Virginia. The Football Stadium Authority would also work to fund the construction of restaurants, retail, car parks and hotels around the football facility.
The House version of the bill would also allow the stadium authority to issue bonds with terms up to 20 years to help fund the project.
Gov. Glenn Youngkin said he wants to turn the former state baseball commission, which once tried to bring the Washington Nationals to Northern Virginia, into a group that would spearhead bringing it there. the commanders.
“I think we should expand the baseball commission to become a ballpark and football stadium commission,” Youngkin said. “And of course we will always represent the taxpayers of Virginia, but I think we would love to have a professional football team in Virginia.”
WHERE IT’S WRONG
Leesburg. On February 23, Leesburg City Council voted six to one to send a letter to the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors opposing the Washington Commanders stadium and shopping complex in Loudoun County.
“We are concerned about the traffic this stadium and related development will bring to the area,” Leesburg Mayor Kelly Burk said. “We are concerned about the overdevelopment of this particular area, so we are most certainly concerned about the implications of any kind of development along these lines, but we are adamantly opposed to any tax money going to the stadium.”
Vice Mayor Fernando Martinez said he was the only one to vote against sending a letter of objection to the oversight board. He told WUSA9 he doesn’t believe the city has properly considered the economic benefits a stadium could bring.
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