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Posted at 8:29 AM ET, 11/30/2010

D.C. Councilman Jack Evans wants FedEx Field replaced

By Cindy Boren

D.C. Councilman Jack Evans doesn't much like what he sees at FedEx Field and he'd like a new stadium, built where RFK stands, for the Redskins and to lure the World Cup and Olympics.

"FedEx Field is fast becoming the worst stadium in professional football," Evans (D-Ward 2) said of the NFL's largest stadium, according to a WTOP report.

Evans would like to see RFK replaced with a stadium that seats roughly 20,000 more fans and with a retractable roof. Cost: $2 billion-$3 billion. "You build a 110,000-seat stadium with a retractable roof, and you get the World Cup," says Evans. "And the Olympics would also be something we could compete for."

And ... maybe even a Super Bowl. A Redskins spokesperson told WTOP that the team plans to remain at FedEx, its home for 13 years, at least until its lease expires in 2027.

There's no question that a new facility, in the district (and along the lines of Jerry Jones' pleasure dome or the New Meadowlands; almost all new stadiums get a Super Bowl), would be terrific, but is it feasible, especially in this economy?

By Cindy Boren  | November 30, 2010; 8:29 AM ET
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The D. C. City Council needs to start a drug-testing program fir its members. Evans is clearly under the influence of some serious pharamceuticals.

Two words: Nationals Park.

Jack-baby: Go back to getting our school system sorted out.

Posted by: lgm6986 | November 30, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

This is the most ignorant comment I have ever seen made by an elected official. It has no bearing in truth or responsibility. While many Virginia fans may hate the location, FedEx Field is the largest stadium in the country by number of seats and with two rows of luxury boxes and high definition screens, has all of the amenities of a modern football stadium. Another big thing, Snyder actually owns FedEx unlike most other stadiums where the public owns and the owner doesn't make as much money off of.

Also the public would have to finance a $3 billion dollar stadium while already having financed Nationals Park. Wait, they didn't really like that either. Snyder has no reason to leave FedEx stop spreading lies to District Residents.

Posted by: raybell84 | November 30, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Jack Evans is an idiot. He overpayed for the baseball stadium (a price that I am still paying for as a DC resident and business owner) and his plan to build a new football stadium in DC makes ZERO sense considering that Dan Snyder has no reason to pay one penny for the construction of this stadium since he owns FedExField and that stadium is perfectly fine in his eyes (large capacity, only 13 years old, good club and suite sections, extensive parking that he controls). We, the taxpayers, will end up with the bill for Jack's frolic, just like we got stuck with paying for his baseball stadium. In the end, Jack could have had the DC Government buy the Expos from MLB and then build the stadium, at least then, we would have had the benefits of the team's ownership and not just the costs of stadium ownership.

Posted by: hoya91 | November 30, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

We'd be better served with 20,000 LESS seats, not more. This market is saturated with Redskins tickets, and as the team continues to post lousy to average seasons, there is less and less justification for a 91,000-seat stadium.

Build a 75,000 seat stadium at the RFK site, maintaining Redskins traditions (outdoor, natural grass surface).

Posted by: ttassa | November 30, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

If the DC Council isn't willing to fund a 25,000-seat soccer stadium, what makes anyone believe they'll fund a 100,000-seat NFL one?

Posted by: Juan-John1 | November 30, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

" Two words: Nationals Park.

Jack-baby: Go back to getting our school system sorted out."

Posted by: lgm6986 | November 30, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

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I guess you haven't taken the time to look at how much Nats Park makes the city every year. And the District spends more per student then almost any school district in the Country.

At least know what you're talking about

Posted by: JDB1 | November 30, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Before the rumblings even begin, we’re taking the RFK site off the table. Lincoln Park/Hill residents have endured enough. Aside from the few enterprising churches that held out the donation plate to park, RFK has been a selfish and unattractive houseguest who doesn’t bring wine to dinner and doesn’t help dry the dishes when the party’s over. We tried. We really did. It wasn’t anyone’s fault, after all. The stadium is an island, isolated by lots of lots and lots of roads. It’s physically incapable of offering neighborly benevolence like the Verizon Center or Nationals Park (and yes folks, 81 home games means it will happen there someday). Park & Hill residents have earned the right to demand better and we will. Get used to the mantra, Jack Evans: RFK site = off the table.

Posted by: SouthCapRed | November 30, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

DC: PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE FIX YOUR SCHOOLS.

Hire and develop QUALITY teachers!

Better pay and benefits for Police officers.

Then, 2027 should be here to TALK about a the Redskins venue.

Thanks for your support.

Posted by: Darren_ | November 30, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

If Dan Snyder is paying the bill for a new stadium to keep up with the Jones'; it's built on top of RFK; they retain the "moving" stands; and tickets are sold to watch the abysmal Fedex Field implode - I'm all for it.

Posted by: clandestinetomcat | November 30, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Quite apart from the folly of building a stadium in this depressed economy- who cares what the Lincoln Park yuppies/carpetbaggers think about the idea?! The RFK site is perfect for a grand new stadium, if and when the numbers can be made to work(read- when Snyder realizes that's his best bet and puts up a ton of money). RFK is NOT Capitol Hill, and is also not an island- it is perfectly situated, with a nice buffer between the ballpark and the adjacent neighborhood, and, it sits on top of Metro. Perfect, like I said! Screw the gentrifiers- build it, and the Super Bowl will come!

Posted by: kevmm | November 30, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

So let me get this straight....Dan Snyder is going to blow up a 13 year old stadium that's paid for so he can build a new smaller stadium in DC.

You idiots have just demonstrated why you don't own a football team or any other profitable business for that matter.

Posted by: ChairmanX | November 30, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Hate Fed Ex Field. Stopped going to Redskins games years ago because of the venue. That being said, as much as I would love a brand new stadium in DC, it doesn't make sense to build one now. The tax payers have paid enough, and there are far to many pressing issues the DC council should be addressing.

Posted by: anw821 | November 30, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

hcek with Jack Evans, but the new stadium should be in D C, but this time let the owner and player pay for it, it do not have to be the player playing, it could be ANY BODY THAT HAS THE MONEY TO INVEST. not the tax payer for we sure don't get to go to the games for free for the money that our tax dollars pay.

Posted by: lostdogrwd1011 | November 30, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Jack Kent Cook wanted to spend his own money and build the stadium in DC. They would not let him, people and the government did not want him to build it there. Then he tried Alexandria - they did not want him. Both locations had Metro Access. So he bought some land in Maryland and Maryland let him spend his money and build the stadium. How many other owners in the league spent their own money to build a stadium for their team - let's see, NONE. They all had financing by the cities and states their teams are located in. So now DC wants the team back - now they are willing to spend their money - they could of had the stadium built with the owner's money. FedEx is not convenient to get to and it has some site line issues, but it was built with Jack Kent Cook's money - it should still have his name on it(disgrace it does not).

Posted by: lvdave | November 30, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Jack, unless you or Dannyboy are ready to cut a personal check for the stadium just S*T*F*Up

Posted by: overed | November 30, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

One thing we can all agree on. FedEx Field is a piece of crap. Plus the parking situation is not good and it is not easy to get in and out of. Most fans that attend games would love to blow the thing up. On top of that, it hasn't given us a home field advantage since day 1.

Posted by: Jurgensen9 | November 30, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

"And ... maybe even a Super Bowl. A Redskins spokesperson told WTOP that the team plans to remain at FedEx, its home for 13 years, at least until its lease expires in 2027."

This shows you that the Insider has no real Redskins inside contacts...

The Redskins own FEDEX FIELD and all the land it resides on .....there is no lease to expire. FEDEX's naming rights expire in 2027.

Posted by: GoonieGooGoo | November 30, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

A new owner, team, and stadium in D.C. is what D.C needs. Face it, the 80's are gone. If you think the Skins are good you are living in the 80's, wake up. The Skins have been a mediocre at best team for the last 25 years, check the stats.

Posted by: Theone9 | November 30, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Give United a home in the city first.

They're the only professional team in the region that's actually won anything of consequence in the last 15 words.

Build it on the RFK site, keeping the location available for the Skins in say 2020, so DC can host the World Cup Final in 2022.

Posted by: alecw81 | November 30, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Evans makes me so happy I live in Fairfax County. I'm blessed not to have to shoulder a burden as heavy as the DC council.

Posted by: NICKYNUNYA | November 30, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

I cannot believe that Jack Evans could take such an irresponsible position on this issue and show how misplaced his priorities are. During this time that DC is facing a nearly 2 million dollars shortfall, employees are being asked to forgo pay raises for the next 3 years, there are threats to cut the budget of public safety and social services, Jack Evens only concern is relocating a football stadium to DC for his own self-serving purposes like free season tickets.

Posted by: blkbadge5 | November 30, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

I cannot believe that Jack Evans could take such an irresponsible position on this issue and show how misplaced his priorities are. During this time that DC is facing a nearly 2 million dollars shortfall, employees are being asked to forgo pay raises for the next 3 years, there are threats to cut the budget of public safety and social services, Jack Evens only concern is relocating a football stadium to DC for his own self-serving purposes like free season tickets.

Posted by: blkbadge5 | November 30, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

that's a negative, ghost rider unless danny boy wants to front the bill and i'm pretty sure he does not. who would even suggest $1 - $3 billion? someone give this guy his meds; he's critical.

Posted by: papple | November 30, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Jack Evans never was a particularly sensible man, I've never voted for him and have lived in ward 2 for as long as he has been in office. He's said many a dumb thing over the years, like suggesting we move all bars and nightclubs to Maryland or Virginia, claiming DC residents don't want them! Now he speaks about something else that's not on anyone else's mind but his.

Posted by: wpost36 | November 30, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse

World cup,,Olympics,,Super Bowl,,Really ?

Earth too Evans,,DC is a first rate 5hit hole overrun with crime. Try fixing that first!

Posted by: Defund_NPR | November 30, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Build a retractable roof NFL stadium at the RFK site that can be used for hosting Final 4's, College Bowl games, Superbowls, World Cup soccer, Olympic games, Inaugurations ect ect. Then build a Soccer stadium for DC United at the Anacostia site that can also be used for concerts. Let Snyder and Chang foot the majority of the bill. This would solidify DC as a major sports town for generations.

Posted by: MrWillie | November 30, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Evans isn't just talkin' out the side of his neck...this is old news folks. Discussions have been ongoing between DC politicians (former Mayor Williams included) and Snyder's camp for years. As GoonieGooGoo indicated, Snyder owns the land FedEx field occupies. When the economy gets stronger, housing starts pick up again, the case will be strong for tearing down the old stadium and moving it back to DC. Snyder will build a mixed-use development and still make $. The only question is whether DC and Snyder can put together a "palatable" financing plan to get the new stadium built - guarantee it happens well before 2027.

Posted by: DCOG | November 30, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Until now, I thought taxpayer funding of a stadium for millionaire owneers of major league baseball was the most incredibly stupid idea I'd ever heard. This Redskins stadium idea, if it moves forward, will top the baseball stadium mistake by a long shot.

Haven't we learned anything from the baseball stadium fiasco?

Posted by: DCResident22 | November 30, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

FedEx Field does blow. He's got that right. I hate the Ravens with a passion, but their stadium and everything that goes on around it on game day is far superior. There are no restaurants or bars worth a damn in Landover while Baltimore has Federal Hill within walking distance. It's like a college atmosphere with jersey-clad 20 somethings everywhere.

Would love to see the WASHINGTON Redskins play in Washington again. Landover and broader PG County suck balls. And I can say that, because I'm from that God forsaken place;)

Posted by: saqster | December 1, 2010 12:16 AM | Report abuse

First, what stinks about FedEx Field is the traffic. It is what truly bothers everyone. The stadium itself is fine and is very much like every other modern day football stadium (most to include FedEx were built by the same stadium architectural firm). If the stadium was located at the RFK site then nobody would be complaining to include those that want to frequent establishments that don't exist there either.

Second, if DC truly wants to make this happen then they had better start working up a plan for DC United as well. The site needs a tenant or it reverts back to federal control. Lose DC United and you lose the necessary tenant. In addition, FIFA will not look favorably on DC if DC lost it's soccer team so the World Cup is a tenuous item as well.

The solution is easy and it has been rumored to be within DC government offices for awhile now. Build a smaller stadium for DCU in the existing parking lot of RFK and upon completion tear down RFK and build the larger stadium there. The multi-stadium site idea has been used by numerous other cities as it cuts down on infrastructure costs (Baltimore, Philadelphia, Kansas City, and Seattle to name a few). Given the current climate this would likely need primarily private investment so the DC government would need to completely back off of their traditional financial raping of the franchises that play there. Control of parking and concessions would be a deal breaker for them (DCU & Skins) and justifiably so.

Posted by: croftonpost | December 1, 2010 1:38 AM | Report abuse

I agree totally with a stadium being bulit closer to town, but disagree with the design he wants. We can't fill up the stadium we have for our biggest games. Build it smaller, build it simple, make it a madhouse!

Posted by: dieselfan44 | December 1, 2010 6:32 AM | Report abuse

Here are some reasons why it will never happen:
1. DC is struggling to make payments for the investment in the Nats Stadium. How can they even logically think they can get a NFL stadium bid done?
2. When the lease runs out at Fedex Field, Dan is gonna want a stadium of stadiums! Something that surpasses the new Texas Stadium. DC does not have the money nor the land base to even think about putting it inside of DC.
3. And finally, if any member of the DC council/mayor approaches Dan Synder about building something smaller inside of DC all for the sake of having it in DC, you have another one coming!

There is nothing about Dan Snyder that tells me he is going to settle for another RFK just so the good citizens of DC can be happen again! NOT! If PG doesn't meet Dan at the table for a new state of the art stadium, VA most certainly will! And IMO the new stadium goes out by Dulles Airport about the time the new metro service is complete for that part of the region. Remember folks, this is a business! You grow a business, not shrink it!

Posted by: hoganincharge | December 1, 2010 7:04 AM | Report abuse

The stadium will NEVER be built by Dulles Airport. It is way too far outside the city. It's fine for Redskin Park but not the stadium.

The cost to the city is why it will take primarily private investment. The RFK site is plenty of land for it.

Posted by: croftonpost | December 1, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

The National Capital Planning Commission's recommendations for the RFK site add so much more value to the neighborhood and to the District...

http://www.ncpc.gov/DocumentDepot/Publications/RFKStadiumStudy.pdf

Posted by: SouthCapRed | December 1, 2010 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Sorry to ask a stupid question. I no longer live in that area. If Snyder owns Fed Ex field then who are they leasing it from? Is he leasing it to himself?

Posted by: renhoekk2 | December 1, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

I despise FedEx Field as well and would love to see the Skins return to DC proper.

In theory.

If you get a perfect storm of Danny getting a boatload of cash for the FedEx site, offering to build the new one largely himself, and the DC government uncharacteristically behaving rationally, then sure, go for it.

But forget about domes, retractable roofs, and the Olympics. We don't need them.

Posted by: boog44 | December 1, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Tearing down RFK and building a new stadium would be awesome. Having a stadium with Metro access as well as the above ground trolley currently being built on H street would make transportation to the stadium a heck of a lot easier. Select areas in DC experienced great rebirths since the mid 90's. China Town, Navy Yard, U street, and even H street is coming around. I have no doubt that adding a new Redskins stadium will further boost not only H Street redevelopment but all DC businesses and housing market will benefit. Unfortunately, the reality here is that the economy stinks and improving DC schools is more important. The only way this works is for private investors to pay the bill.

Posted by: ljhartnett24 | December 1, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

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