Is Dan Snyder eyeing Springfield for Redskins stadium?

Chris Lingebach
March 10, 2020 - 12:32 pm

Virginia is on the verge of legalizing sports betting, a move that could make the state far more appealing to Redskins owner Dan Snyder for a stadium deal.

While the bill has already passed, it's still awaiting approval from Governor Ralph Northam, who's expected to sign it into law, 106.7 The Fan columnist Rick Snider told The Sports Junkies Tuesday morning.

"The governor still has to sign it, but he's expected to," Snider said. "They basically said, okay, no (Virginia) college sports, and then everything else is gonna come online, hopefully, by NFL opening day."

"This is a radical thing for Virginia," he said. "I mean, Virginia has always been a very conservative state, and yet they've approved casinos. Casinos in the southern part of the state where it's the heavy Bible belt, not the northern part. There isn't one in Alexandria coming."

Asked whether he believes Virginia still being in play for a potential stadium site expedited the legislative process of passing the bill through, Snider said, "It's not a matter of whether (Snyder) wanted to go to Virginia. He wanted a second bidder to try and sweeten any offer he gets."

While most have considered Loudoun County to be the most viable site for a stadium in Northern Virginia, a report out of Richmond this week indicated Snyder is eyeing a plot much closer to the District, but is remaining tight-lipped on the precise location because he's yet to purchase the land.

Springfield is that rumored location, Snider divulged, though that's not based in any hard reporting.

"I think Virginia is still a possibility," he said. "There's been talk of this secret location – the rumor is it's somewhere in Springfield. I am not an expert on Springfield real estate, but I've been told they'll have to knock something down to build one. And I can't imagine traffic around Springfield, too, but hey, traffic sucks everywhere."

"Yeah, I mean Springfield traffic's already a nightmare," said Junkies host John Auville. "You're gonna put up a brand new stadium that seats 65,000 or 75,000 people?"

"Well, I would say the same thing about if they put it down near the Wilson bridge," Snider said. "I mean, Landover's a little easier to get to as far as traffic goes. But Springfield? Woo! I don't know. I'd love to see that. But on a Sunday during September with beach traffic and all? I don't know. But that's the rumor. There's nowhere closer inside the beltway you can build this kind of thing."