By Lewis Gould
Now that owner Dan Snyder has officially ditched his team’s name, the real issue becomes the possibility the team will return to D.C. and build a new home on the site of RFK Stadium.
D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton had said she would not support the team returning to Washington from Landover unless the name changed.
But both she and D.C. mayor Muriel Bowser stressed that the idea of the team returning to D.C. is far from a done deal.
“Do you use it for a football stadium for eight games a year, or do you use it for affordable housing and other amenities?” Norton said about the RFK property. “That’s going to be a big fight in the District.”
Norton pointed out the RFK site is the last truly large available property in the District. Although it is federally owned, she plans to try to pass a bill that would lead to the possibility of a new stadium there now that the team plans to change its name.
Bowser said yesterday if the team ever did move back to D.C., it would be at the RFK site. Current plans call for RFK to be demolished.
Mary Phillips, a D.C. resident and member of the Laguna Pueblo and Omaha tribes, said Monday was a huge day but the fight is not over.
“It’s very important that we have a hundred percent rebrand with no Native American imagery or association,” she said of the name change. “The fight continues with all the native American mascots in both professional, college, and high school sports.”