Prince George’s studies luring Redskins from Ashburn

The Redskins have been headquartered in Northern Virginia for 40 years now, ever since Coach George Allen convinced Jack Kent Cooke to build a shiny new headquarters in a mostly desolate part of Herndon near Dulles Airport. Joe Gibbs famously slept there. That Redskins Park was replaced in 1992 by the current one in Ashburn.

But after owner Daniel Snyder made some noises in February about looking for another location, Prince George’s County in Maryland decided to make its move. After all, they’ve already got that lousy stadium with the awful parking and the terrible traffic. Not to mention a long history of corruption problems.

The county has requested a feasibility study for a weedy piece of land in Bowie, and according to TBD.com, has committed to coming up with one-third of the $25,000 needed for the study (officials want state agencies to pay for the other two-thirds). “Hey, we’ve got $8,333 here, let’s get us an NFL franchise!” Officials cite the convenience of practicing and playing in the same location, and allowing players and officials to avoid a long commute in a traffic-choked region, regardless of whether they live near their practice facility or their stadium.


Practice at the current Redskins Park in Ashburn, December 2010. (Tracy A. Woodward/The Washington Post)

The ‘Skins have also been good corporate citizens, Howard said. The chamber can’t meddle with any decision to move, but he noted that Loudoun’s “quality of life is second to none. That’s going to be a pretty important factor when they make their decision.”

Having your practice facility and headquarters close to the thoroughly unenjoyable pit where you play eight times a year could be seen as beneficial. Or it could end a stress-free, 40-year partnership.

Here’s a better idea: Build a new stadium in Loudoun, at the end of the new Silver Line Metro, where the planned final stop is in...Ashburn.

Tom Jackman is a native of Northern Virginia and has been covering the region for The Post since 1998.

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