LOOKS LIKE COMMANDERS MIGHT RETURN TO RFK AFTER ALL!

By Ben Sullivan

The D.C. Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium Campus Revitalization Act passed easily in the House of Representatives, with the only measurable opposition coming from Maryland. The bill establishing a new 99-year lease for the federally controlled land passed by a 348-55 margin and will move on to the Senate.

A stadium is one of the options that D.C. officials can do with the land if the bill becomes law after the Senate passes the bill—or similar legislation—and President Joe Biden signs it. Neither of those is a slam dunk, although the bipartisan support in Congress does bode well for D.C.

While D.C. would have jurisdiction over the land, city leaders could use the parcel for commercial and residential development and parks. No matter how the land will be used, 30% of the acreage must be set aside for open space/parks, according to the text of HB 4984.

The Commanders are expected to play in Landover, Maryland, for at least the next few seasons, but the venue will have a new name after FedEx announced on Wednesday that it would end its sponsorship of the stadium two years early. The stadium will now be called Commanders Field as the team seeks to replace FedEx.

And Josh Harris’ ownership group—which took over the team in July—continues to seek out a spot for what is expected to be a new domed stadium. Wednesday’s vote out of D.C. is closer to being in play for the site.

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