Virginia Governor expresses interest in building new Redskins stadium

Patrick McDermott

The Governor of Virginia is hopeful that his state could host the Redskins at a new stadium in the future.

The Washington Redskins won't be changing home stadiums any time in the near future, but that hasn't stopped the team from exploring options for the eventual move. According to the Times Dispatch, Governor Bob McDonnell of Virginia is hoping his state can become the new home of the NFL franchise.

McDonnell visited Redskins training camp on Friday and stated his interest in possibly building a new stadium for the Redskins in Virginia.

"We'd love that opportunity," McDonnell said. "If the right group of business and government folks came together to make an offer, it could happen."

Virginia nearly had a deal in place to build a new stadium in Northern Virginia, but taxpayers and other officials balked and the plan fell through. The Redskins ended up at FedExField in Maryland starting in 1997, with the lease not set to expire until 2027. The Redskins were previously at RFK Stadium in Washington D.C., with D.C. mayor Vincent Gray reported to have been in discussions with the Redskins as well about interest in returning to the district.

FedExField has the second-highest capacity in the NFL, behind AT&T Stadium, but the Redskins have had to remove seats in the past due to lower ticket sales.

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