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Youngkin muses about reviving Commanders stadium incentive plan
Ryan King December 19, 08:14 PM December 19, 08:14 PM Video Embed
Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R-VA) is seeking to revive consideration of efforts to entice the development of a new Washington Commanders stadium in Virginia after a similar initiative crumbled in the state Assembly earlier this year.
His recent budget proposal includes $500,000 to study ways to encourage the development of a Commanders stadium — funding that would likely not come around 2024, potentially giving time for the franchise’s scandal-embroiled owner, Daniel Snyder, to sell off the team, the Washington Post reported.
“We applaud any and all efforts taken by local officials to determine how the vision of our new venue can dramatically support the community, jobs and inclusive economic development growth objectives in any given jurisdiction,” Commanders President Jason Wright told the news outlet.
Lawmakers in the state legislature spurned an incentives package to entice the Commanders to move to Virginia earlier this year amid allegations of sexual misconduct and creating a toxic work environment against Snyder — who has vehemently denied such accusations.
One iteration of an incentive package included roughly $1 billion to encourage development of a stadium, but that later got pared down to somewhere near $300 million before public backlash shut down the initiative, per the report.
The Commanders currently play at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, and are set to do so until 2027 but are mulling the possibility of constructing a new stadium at some point in the future. Maryland and Washington, D.C. officials reportedly also refrained from trying to court the team with an incentives package amid the allegations against Snyder.
Snyder has received calls from those interested in purchasing the Commanders and has kept his options open, according to the outlet. He also faced scrutiny from the House Oversight Committee, but now that Republicans are poised to retake the House in January, it is likely that the issue will be dropped.
Youngkin’s budget needs approval from the state legislature, which is set to convene on Jan. 11.
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