PG County requests study of Redskins’ HQ move

Prince George’s County wants to know whether the Redskins could move their headquarters to Bowie and has asked the Maryland Stadium Authority and the state Department of Economic Development to help fund a study, team and county officials said Monday.

The Redskins have been in their current Ashburn digs for the last 20 years, but owner Daniel Snyder told The Post in February that team officials are considering a move of the team’s headquarters.

Prince George’s County, already home to FedEx Field, has right of first refusal if the Redskins decide to move their headquarters and training facilities from Loudoun County. Upon learning that Snyder & Co. were exploring their options, county officials wondered if a piece of land near Bowie State University would be suitable. They requested the study, which the Maryland Stadium Authority will consider Tuesday.

Prince George’s county would split the cost of the research with the two state agencies.

A study would be the first step in an extensive process required before Prince George’s County could present the Redskins with a proposal, said Scott Peterson, press secretary for County Executive Rushern L. Baker III.

The study, like other economic development research, would evaluate the impact of construction of a team headquarters on traffic, as well as the availability of water and utilities. The financial benefits of the Redskins move to Prince George’s County also would be considered.

If the property is deemed suitable, the county would make a proposal for the Redskins to consider along with other possible destinations.

“We’re considering all of our options,” Redskins’ spokesman Tony Wyllie said Monday. “We have a good relationship with Prince George’s County, which is where our stadium is.”

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan, who is entering his second season with the team, noted last season how long it takes to get from Ashburn to Landover on game days and remarked that it would be nice to be closer to FedEx Field.

A new Redskins facility likely would include an indoor practice facility. The Redskins are the only cold-weather team in the NFL without facilities for indoor practice in the event of inclement weather.

The team’s practices were limited four times last season by downpours or snow. The Redskins had to use an airplane hangar at Dulles Airport to practice on occasion.

The team is installing heat coils beneath the surface of one of the practice fields at Redskins Park, and Snyder also is having a practice bubble built. Both are expected to be completed for use during the 2011 season.

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.

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