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McAuliffe: New Redskins Stadium Could be Along Silver Line

by Karen Goff — August 5, 2016 at 2:35 pm 41 Comments

Model of new Redskins stadium/ Bjarke Ingels Architects; "60 Minutes"

Correction: An earlier version of this post had an incorrect stadium rendering/model attached to it.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said on Friday the commonwealth is in “very serious negotiations” with the Washington Redskins to build a new stadium — possibly in the area along Metro’s Silver Line.

McAuliffe said on ESPN 980’s “Cooley & Kevin” show Friday he hosted team owner Dan Snyder and franchise officials at the governor’s mansion Thursday night. The team is in Richmond for training camp until next week.

McAuliffe said a stadium site in Virginia would be located near a Metro station. In the interview, he listed areas along the Silver Line, including Tysons, “Reston/Wiehle, and then to Dulles Airport with the Silver Line, and then further into Loudoun.”

The second phase of the Silver Line, which will run from Wiehle-Reston East to Dulles and into Ashburn, where the team currently trains, will be complete in 2020.

While areas west of Reston may have available land suitable for a stadium, there is virtually no space in Reston that could accommodate a stadium and associated parking.

Meanwhile, the team is locked into a lease at FedEx Field in Landover, through 2027. However, Snyder has already hired architects at Bjarke Ingels Group, which has worked up concept drawings.

McAuliffe said Virginia’s booming population and a strong economy are among reasons why Virginia should be the stadium location.

He also mentioned that the majority of season ticket holders live in Virginia, as do most of the players because the team trains in Ashburn.

“We have plenty of land, obviously, to do this. … If I’m looking to put a sports team, where are most of my fans? Where’s most of my income come from? Where do all my players live? That’s Virginia,” McAuliffe said. “So, I think from the team’s perspective, looking at it that way is important.”

Rendering of new Washington Stadium/Credit: Bjarke Ingels Group and “60 Minutes.”

  • UStifosi .

    I say we bulldoze the high crime area of south Reston and shoehorn this NFL stadium right in there. I’m sure someone can re-write the Reston Master Plan in no time to get this done. It shows you how clueless our Governor is.

  • Mike M

    It looks like a bike helmet that got flattened by a car.

    • John Higgins

      Mike,
      I think you have hit on something great. This could replace the tree on the RA logo…bikeriding being symbolic of the semi-urban environment; riders being crushed by increased traffic. This design would be ideal for indoor tennis, indoor swimming and maybe an indoor dog park. Does it also look like a crushed wallet? Naa, people can’t see that until it is too late..

    • 30yearsinreston

      I hate to say it, but it makes the API bunker look like an architectural treasure

  • Taxpayer

    No no no no, not ever, no.

  • va bob

    no please! Reston is a hell hole to get round weekdays already, why mess with our weekends. not enough side roads to support it people that will not pay to take the toll road.

    • Scott H

      But think of all the proffers they would pay for pocket parks and public art. You need to think big picture bob. Plus, Gerry Connolly loves ribbon cutting ceremonies to celebrate the extra traffic of every new project!

  • Anna AKG

    No, no ,no. There is modren, and progess and there is destroying our small town! Loudoun will be happy to have it.

    • ah

      send it to DC or MD! Leave Virginias beautiful land alone!!

  • Arielle in NoVA

    Reston? No way, no how. No space. No roads that could support it. No effing way. Put it just west of the airport, if anything. Then people could easily visit for games. The Greenway can handle more traffic; Reston roads cannot.

    • I believe I speak for all of Ashburn in saying we don’t want it either. Traffic sucks enough as it is.

      I don’t get why it can’t be in DC. Raze RFK to the ground, build Snyder’s crown jewel there.

      • ah

        yes! DC or md!:leave VA out of it!

  • Robert Pew

    Put the stadium in D.C. so that the beltway will not be destroyed on Sundays. There are only 2 major highways into our area, the Dulles Toll Road and Route 7. These roads cannot handle additional traffic.The beltway is already jammed on the Cabin John Bridge. Montgomery County residents have to go downtown to reach the stadium on the Metro Silver Line. Think how this will impact travelers headed for Dulles Airport. The major jobs created will earn low wages and Fairfax and Loudoun are the wealthiest counties in the U.S. Where are the workers going to live?

    • Sidewinder

      At Lake Anne. lol

    • 30yearsinreston

      McAuliffe is not noted for thinking

  • Greg

    Oh, yes! Bring it to Reston!

  • 30yearsinreston

    How about demolishing the Lake white elephant and putting it there ?

  • 30yearsinreston

    McAullife is a developer shill

  • ah

    NOOOOOO….. keep Reston small! damn. I loved when our town was a hidden gem!! I’m gonna have to move down south just to have a bit of serenity!!

    • Greg

      Ashville, ah, Ashville. It’s a red state, but the hippies all hang in Asheville.

      • ah

        *takes notes*

        • ova nova

          Check Richmond or one of its close-in suburbs. Blue, well-educated, but a slower lifestyle without the rush to BUILD BUILD BUILD. And housing costs half as much with a third of the traffic.

  • David

    No space in Reston has enough land? Near Wiehle-Reston Metro? Sounds like he has heard about the golf course.

    • 30yearsinreston

      Yep
      The BOS with all approve it for a few sky boxes for their pals and Mcauliffe can use some for his fund raising

      Only one problem
      The Danny’s notorious stinginess

  • JoeInReston

    Hail to Redskins! …. in Landover Maryland, playing in a not-that-old, perfectly suitable stadium.

    The last thing the DMV area needs is another 80K behometh stadium that is only good 8 regular season games, 2 preseason games, 0-2 playoff games, and a concert or two.

    • Greg

      That’s the point. A private facility that pays taxes 365 days a year but burdens transport facilities for only 10-20 days a year.

      • same ol song and dance

        You forgot the part where the public forks over a billion dollars to build the stadium in which Dan Snyder gets to reap all of the profits. Might wanna include that in your arithmetic on your next comment.

        • Greg

          You might “wanna” stick to facts rather than fiction.

          • same ol song and dance
          • Greg

            Stick to facts; not hype.

          • 30yearsinreston

            He is

          • Greg

            No he isn’t. There is nothing here but some leaked chatter about a potential stadium deal many years in the future. McAuliffe has no authority to build a stadium anywhere.

            Woodland Park was the once-obvious place for the stadium, and that deal was killed.

            Moreover, there’s the MCI/Verizon Center that revitalized what was a dump in DC, and the London Olympics were very successful economically:

            http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-23370270

          • JoeInReston

            Verizon Center hosts NBA and NHL games. Both leagues play far more home games than the NFL. The smaller size of the Verizon Center is far more ideal for musical concerts, other shows, and other sports (Georgetown basketball).

            Any scenario that would have the tax payer winning on the building of a $85K football stadium is absurd. Its just not going to happen.

          • Greg

            Let it go, Joe. We don’t agree. Moreover, you are making baseless assumptions and factual errors. No stadium costs $85k.

          • JoeInReston

            I obviously meant stadium large enough to hold 85K people.

            Your the one who provided a poor parallel regarding Verizon Center.

          • Greg

            Obviously? Please. LET IT GO!

          • JoeInReston

            Do note my opening comment “The last thing the DMV area needs is another 80K behometh stadium”. Notice the lack of dollar sign in that post.

            Your the guy that has to have the last word, and I will let you have it. I will end it with this… When you post a comment, people have a right to respond and do so. Its a discussion. Thats how it works. There is no “LET IT GO” clause that invokes the game show buzzer.

          • Greg

            LET IT GO!

          • JoeInReston

            The link give was written July 2013, when all the benefits have accrued and most of the bills have yet to be paid. Even then, there is no consensus conclusion in the article.

          • Arielle in NoVA

            Woodland Park?????? Yikes. A bunch of quiet roads with traffic lights every few blocks. I live not far from there and hadn’t heard anything about that attempt. Glad it’s not an option now.

  • Chris

    Sounds like he is eyeing the Reston Golf Course. Makes sense – need to do something with that space. Will be a traffic nightmare, but there is definitely enough room to put it there.

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