The Washington Redskins quest to return to playing in D.C. hit yet another snag.
The latest setback in Congress means the organization has even less time to secure land and complete the building of a new stadium before the team's current lease at FedEx Field expires after the 2026 season.
The measure would have altered the lease agreement between the District and the federal government which would have allowed for further commercial development on the RFK Stadium site, which is seen as a prerequisite to building a new stadium on the 190-acre piece of land.
The RFK site is owned by the National Park Service and leased to the city until 2038, with restrictions on its use for sports, recreation, and entertainment. District Mayor Muriel Bowser and the Redskins have pushed for a new stadium to be the anchor of a larger complex with retail, restaurants, and affordable housing.
“We’ve always believed we have the best location,” Bowser said in Feb. 2019. “We think RFK is the most suitable site for not just for a stadium but a whole mix of uses and that’s been our approach with the National Park Service — that the District has to extend its control of the RFK site as well as be able to do more than sports and entertainment uses.”
“I would say within a year, that is the timetable we’re looking at,” Allen said on "The Larry O'Connor Show" on D.C.'s WMAL. “Our deadline for making a decision is really 2022 because our lease in Maryland ends in 2026.”