Dan Snyder and the Redskins have expressed interest in moving to Virginia in 2027. While far in the future, negotiations are beginning and it needs to be examined now. A move to Virginia could have negative implications for Redskins fans and VA residents alike. Terry McAuliffe’s term as governor of Virginia ends in 2018 and it is likely he will attempt to spearhead a new deal before he leaves office in an effort to make his legacy.
A move to Ashburn could be beneficial in several ways. Arguably, the Redskins are a Virginia team, and the trek up to Landover, MD is not an easy or enjoyable one for most fans. The projected stadium site is near Dulles Airport, closer to the training facility, and right off the Metro’s future end of the silver-line; therefore, more accessible to a larger number of Redskins fans. However, Dan Snyder has proven time and time again that we need to keep a close eye on just about everything he does. This deal has real potential. As the Washington Post wrote last year:
“McAuliffe has long considered Loudoun County his best locale to lure to the commonwealth the Redskins — which hired an architect and released stadium designs earlier this year. With 15 months remaining in office, the governor repeatedly said at the start of the season that he is in ‘serious negotiations’ with the team’s ownership about moving.”
For Redskins fans and Virginia residents, whatever deal McAuliffe -- or future governor -- and owner Dan Snyder agree on is the fan’s best interest. SFC has been given every reason to doubt Snyder will care about the fans. Additionally, we question McAulliffe’s loyalty on the matter. After all, Snyder is a long-time contributor. That’s where we come in.
Generally speaking, most people agree that taxpayer dollars shouldn’t be used to fund sports stadiums. However, we believe stadiums can provide great value to fans. That’s why we have a few stipulations that must be ensured if one cent of taxes fund a billionaires vanity project:
Reasonable concession prices
Discounts for taxpayers
Discounts for public servants like military, teachers, and nurses
Low-income fan seating options
Free use for public schools and youth league games
A pledge the team will not leave its local community for at least 20 years
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