The Washington Redskins will remain at their current team headquarters and training facility in Loudoun County under a deal announced Wednesday by Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R).
That means, for all intents and purposes, the end of the recent effort to bring the facility inside the District limits. City officials including Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) eyed a parcel south of RFK Stadium known as Reservation 13 or “Hill East,” but neighborhood residents were skeptical.
D.C. Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2), the council’s leading proponent of luring the Redskins, said a team representative contacted him today about the decision to stay in Virginia.
”I’m glad that the mayor and myself and Michael Brown made an effort,” he said.
Gray, Evans and Brown (I-At Large) traveled to Tampa last year to scout the Buccaneers’ headquarters and training facility in preparation for a Redskins move.
If there’s a silver living to this news, it’s that the Redskins did not move their facility to Prince George’s County, which would indicate a long-term commitment to staying at Landover’s FedEx Field. That means the dream of a new stadium on the RFK site — shared by Evans and Gray — still lives.
More over at Football Insider.