Norton says RFK Stadium will come down, but building Washington Commanders home there is unlikely

Written By: Eric Flack

WASHINGTON — Dreams of a Washington Commanders return to the District are fading like the paint on its one-time home, RFK Stadium. And now, one of Washington, D.C.’s top leaders is calling plans to have Commanders owner Daniel Snyder build his new stadium on the old RFK site a “Hail Mary.”

“Not only does D.C. not have control of the land, we now have Maryland and Virginia wanting the team,” said D.C.’s delegate to Congress, Eleanor Holmes Norton.

“So, if D.C. doesn’t find a way, pretty quickly, the team is going to go to the first bidder.”

With the Commanders’ current lease set to run out after the 2026-2027 football season, the team is expected to make a decision on the location of its new stadium by the end of the year.

Holmes-Norton has spent years trying to clear the way for Snyder to build a new football stadium on the RFK site. It’s something that Snyder also has tried to accomplish behind the scenes since 2018, according to published reports. 

After the team changed its name, even D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser threw her support behind the plan.

Read more at WUSA 9.

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