LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 24: A generial view as the Minnesota Vikings kick off the ball against the Washington Redskins at the start of the first quarter at FedExField on December 24, 2011 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
The City of Washington has been having talks about building a new training facility for the Washington Redskins to replace the current facility in Ashburn, Virginia.
The Washington Redskins have not been happy about their training facility in Ashburn, Virginia for a while now, and have been thinking about relocating or upgrading for at least two years. According to Mike DeBonis and Jonathan O'Connell of the Washington Post, the Washington D.C. is trying to convince them to build their new facility in D.C., in the hopes that it eventually leads to the team coming back to play their full time in the future.
The discussions do not include building a new Redskins stadium. But city officials hope that a training facility could be a prelude to building one when the team’s lease on FedEx Field in Landover expires in 2027, if not sooner.
The Redskins have considered a replacement for their training center, Ashburn’s 162-acre Redskins Park, for at least two years. Coaches and players have groaned about the aging facility, now in its 20th year of use, and the long distance from FedEx Field.
The proposed spot is just south of RFK Stadium in Southeast DC, a spot that is currently undergoing a lot of development and could use a shot in the arm like a new facility for the Redskins would provide. Eventually moving the team back to D.C. on a full time basis is another story, but this would be a step in the right direction for that initiative.
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