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Saturday, March 2, 2024

RFK Stadium May Be in Play for Washington Commanders

  • The league supports D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser's efforts to obtain RFK Stadium from the federal government.
  • He also reportedly offered lobbying assistance from the league.
A general view of Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium Stadium.
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There’s still a chance the Washington Commanders could call RFK Stadium home.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel E. Bowser in December that the league supported her efforts to obtain the venue from the federal government as he wants D.C. to be involved, according to the Washington Post. 

Goodell also reportedly offered lobbying assistance from the league.

The Commanders played at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., for 36 seasons before moving to FedEx Field in Maryland in 1997.

“The league and Mayor Bowser agree that Washington, D.C., should be at the table when a new site is considered,” an NFL spokesperson said. 

“We will continue to work with the mayor’s office, the Commanders, and Congress to that end — just like we are in contact with local officials in Maryland and Virginia as they review site and stadium options.” 

Last year, Maryland proposed a $400 million package to improve the area surrounding FedEx Field, which would not include a new stadium.

The stadium discussions come as Dan Snyder looks to sell the team. Sources previously told Front Office Sports he’s seeking $7 billion in a sale, and was disappointed when the highest bid in the first round of bidding in December was $6.3 billion.

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, Philadelphia 76ers owner Josh Harris, and Houston Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta are all reportedly interested in the team.

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