Commanders purchase land for potential stadium site in Virginia

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By , 106.7 The Fan

The Washington Commanders have purchased land for more than $100 million in Prince William County, Virginia, land that could potentially be used to build a new stadium, ESPN's John Keim reports.

"According to a source with knowledge of the purchase, the Commanders paid a little more than $100 million for approximately 200 acres," Keim writes. "The deal was completed late last week, but has not yet been filed with Prince William County, the site of the land. One source called it the team's preferred site for a new stadium, but other options remain open."

"There's a chance the franchise will buy another 65 to 70 acres at a site that is approximately 23 miles from Washington, D.C., and would be right off an exit on I-95 in Dumfries, Virginia," Keim goes on to write. "It would be approximately 80 miles from Richmond."

JP Finlay has clarified in his own report that the land purchased by the Commanders is in Woodbridge, which is slightly closer to D.C. than Dumfries. Both towns are in Prince William County and are situated off of I-95.

Per Keim, the Commanders like the site because of its development opportunities, which include plans for a 60,000-seat domed stadium, a new team practice facility, an amphitheater that can seat between 15,000 and 20,000 people, a small indoor music arena, as well as high-end retail, bars, restaurants and residential living.

The roof of the stadium would be translucent and the stadium's facade could change colors, reports Keim, who also provided the following digital rendering:

The Commanders currently play at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, where Washington has been since 1997 in a stadium built by the team's previous owner, Jack Kent Cooke, who died that same year. Dan Snyder purchased the team in 1999. The team owns the stadium and the surrounding property, but its contract with Prince George's County to play at the site expires in 2026.

"They can renew it and stay on longer, if needed," Keim notes.

The team is still waiting to find out how much money Virginia and Prince William County are willing to commit to help with the build, Keim further reports, noting "that's why they're keeping options open in Maryland and the District of Columbia as well as other sites in Virginia."

A February report from WUSA9 revealed the team was entertaining potential stadium locations in Woodbridge, Dumfries and Sterling (Loudoun County), all of which are in Northern Virginia.

Read Keim's full report here.

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