CARLISLE, PA., AUG. 15 -- Owner Jack Kent Cooke announced today that he had purchased 161 acres in Loudoun County for construction of a state-of-the-art practice facility for the Washington Redskins.

Cooke said the Redskins hoped to leave Redskin Park and move into the new facility in about a year. It will be located in Beaumeade Corporate Park, near the intersection of Rtes. 28 and 625, and is about eight miles from the current facility, which is just east of Dulles Airport.

"We have outgrown the present Redskin Park," Cooke said in a statement. "When George Allen first designed it some 20 years ago it was thought to be extravagantly large, its eight acres more than adequate for future growth. How wrong we were."

The new facility will have three grass fields, an artificial turf field and a building about four times the size of the current facility. It will include more office space and expanded weight and training rooms.

"It would seem improbable that the Redskins would ever have to leave the new location," Cooke said. "The building itself will be almost four times the size of the present Redskin Park. {Its} facilities will meet every test of the state of the art."

The purchase agreement was signed by Cooke and developer Ted Lerner, a partner of Beaumeade Associates, which is a joint development of Lerner Enterprises, the Tower Companies of North Bethesda and the InterGate Co. of Loudoun County.

Redskin Park became a symbol for Allen's overhaul of the team and was the first professional sports training facility of its kind. In recent years, the San Francisco 49ers, Denver Broncos and Dallas Cowboys have built new facilities that made Redskin Park seem outdated.

Redskin Park has about 22,000 feet of office space, compared to about 85,000 at the new facility.