Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity
On Twitter: RedskinsInsider and PostSports  |  Facebook  |  E-mail alerts: Redskins and Sports  |  RSS
Posted at 5:23 PM ET, 02/ 4/2011

Redskins considering a move out of Ashburn

By Rick Maese

The Redskins have no plans to move out of FedEx Field any time soon, but team owner Daniel Snyder said the team is investigating the possibility of relocating Redskins Park -- the team's aging headquarters -- from its current location in Ashburn.

"We would be open to moving our training facility," Snyder said Friday. "Not our stadium right now but our training facility to a new location, whether it's in Washington, it's in Maryland or in Virginia. We want to look state of the art. We've been looking at a lot of plans for the New York Jets facility that they just opened. We really like that. We have an older facility, and we need a new one. So we're open to moving our headquarters."

Snyder said the team has not begun scouting land but team officials have met with architects. He acknowledged that it would be difficult to get a new facility built in the next year.

"It'd be as soon as we could get something done with either Washington or Maryland or Virginia," Snyder said. "We'd obviously be moving. It'd be a big deal for us but a big positive."

George Allen built the current Redskins Park in Loudoun County shortly after taking over as Redskins coach 20 years ago. Joe Gibbs moved the team to the current Redskins Park in Loudoun County 20 years ago. In the years since, most teams have adapted more modern facilities that include indoor practice facilities. Bad weather has made it difficult for the Redskins to practice at times. Washington is the only cold-weather NFL team that lacks an indoor practice facility or bubble-covered field for use when weather turns nasty.

Snyder said he doesn't have an exact timeline for a possible move, but says team officials are actively investigating their options.

"It doesn't take long to build these," he said. "We had the architects come in. Unlike a stadium, it doesn't take that long."

By Rick Maese  | February 4, 2011; 5:23 PM ET
Categories:  Daniel M. Snyder  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz   Previous: Daniel Snyder on Fed Ex Super Bowl possibility: 'I think we have an opportunity'
Next: Daniel Snyder on Haynesworth signing: 'I'm disappointed'

Comments

It takes a far bit of time when dealing with the District government. I'd guess elsewhere in Va. or Md.

Posted by: dcsween | February 4, 2011 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Redskins Park in Ashburn is not 40 years old. In fact it may be 15-20 max. Previously they're in Herndon, where DC United is now. Maybe the term "Redskins Park" is that old, but location has changed.

Posted by: ChillyWilly3781 | February 4, 2011 5:32 PM | Report abuse

The only place in DC with enough land left over would be east of the Anacostia River.

Maybe Norfolk.

Posted by: dcsween | February 4, 2011 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Redskins Park in Ashburn is not 40 years old. In fact it may be 15-20 max. Previously they're in Herndon, where DC United is now. Maybe the term "Redskins Park" is that old, but location has changed.

Posted by: ChillyWilly3781 | February 4, 2011 5:32 PM | Report abuse

O.K. MAESE which is it? Explain yourself.

Posted by: glawrence007 | February 4, 2011 5:37 PM | Report abuse


A serious suggestion for Snyder...it will save time, gets his money back from Haynesworth, avoids criticism from newspapers, and makes rose petals and a Superbowl flow unto Washington and its beloved Redskins.

http://open.salon.com/blog/corkwriter/2011/02/04/super_sunday_skins_suggestion_snyder_should_sue_self

Posted by: TheCork | February 4, 2011 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like a delaying tactic to avoid shelling out for an indoor practice facility.

So in addition to being a greasy little bastard, he's cheap too!

Posted by: Vic1 | February 4, 2011 5:48 PM | Report abuse

We may be the only cold weather team without indoor training facilities, but that's for a good reason. Snyder has lower ticket prices than any other team and doesn't try to scam extra money out of his fans with inflated parking charges and by charging fans to watch offseason workouts. He is well known for his humble nature and his generosity to the fans. We also have the highest quality HD screens in the league and a wonderful stadium that has amuch better atmosphere than RFK did when that greedy JKC ran the team. Also, he spends money on only the best players in the NFL like Haynesworth. You don't need facilities to train in when you have great players like him. In addition, I am being extremely sarcastic and I wish the worst for Snyder and his extended family.

Posted by: bosshog7169 | February 4, 2011 5:49 PM | Report abuse

"We also have the highest quality HD screens in the league and a wonderful stadium that has amuch better atmosphere than RFK did when that greedy JKC ran the team."

And you can even get beer in the bathroom there! What a great country. LOL

Posted by: acoberst1 | February 4, 2011 6:16 PM | Report abuse

All good things must come to an end. Also, this thread.

beep-beep

Posted by: beep-beep | February 4, 2011 6:19 PM | Report abuse

"Joe Gibbs built the current Redskins Park in Loudoun County shortly after taking over as Redskins coach 40 years ago."

Name all the incorrect facts in that statement. Ready...go!

Posted by: Kenbeatrizz | February 4, 2011 6:21 PM | Report abuse

I would love to see it moved somewhere closer to the city. But really they should build the new facility on FedEx Stadium's land for the time being.

Funny factoid, I always herd that where the Caps practice @ balston was once an empty field that the skins practiced in way way WAY back.

Posted by: alex35332 | February 4, 2011 7:12 PM | Report abuse

@ChillyWilly3781:

DC United has been at RFK for at least the last 6 years.

Posted by: sire1 | February 5, 2011 12:54 AM | Report abuse

If they move, GOOD. Maybe then the County will fix that ridiculous 25 MPH 2-lane sphincter at the entrance.

Posted by: TheSkepticTank | February 5, 2011 9:58 AM | Report abuse

If they move, GOOD. Maybe then the County will fix that ridiculous 25 MPH 2-lane sphincter at the entrance.

Posted by: TheSkepticTank | February 5, 2011 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Washington is the only cold-weather NFL team that lacks an indoor practice facility or bubble-covered field for use when weather turns nasty.

By Rick Maese | February 4, 2011; 5:23 PM ET

________________________________________

Cincinatti is a much colder weather NFL city than DC and they don't have an indoor practice facility either.

Posted by: 6-2StackMonster | February 5, 2011 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Washington is the only cold-weather NFL team that lacks an indoor practice facility or bubble-covered field for use when weather turns nasty.

By Rick Maese | February 4, 2011; 5:23 PM ET

________________________________________

Cincinatti is a much colder weather NFL city than DC and they don't have an indoor practice facility either.

Posted by: 6-2StackMonster | February 5, 2011 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Hey Danny Boy why dont you take your sorry ass and your sorry team to LA, You wont need an indoor practice facility punk

Posted by: sheepherder | February 5, 2011 8:11 PM | Report abuse

why doesn't the idiot midget sue loudoun county for not building him an indoor practice field? i mean c'mon now, he's danny farking snyder. bow to him, so you can see the top of his head.

i also find it amusing that there is perpetually at least one rotting carcass road kill deer within 50 feet of the entrance of the current racial slur park.

Posted by: rev_ollie | February 5, 2011 9:27 PM | Report abuse

They'll most likely build it in MD near FedEx Field. It makes the most sense for them and if they ever go back to DC the new stadium will have to be built on the east side of town so that will be close by as well.

Posted by: croftonpost | February 6, 2011 1:38 AM | Report abuse

My Money says PG or Charles County. Cheap Land to build on......

Book it!

Posted by: 4thFloor | February 7, 2011 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Move back to the District! The Redskins should be citizens of DC again. Ashburn, VA might be bucolic but it's out of step with greater Washington. Remember how you could spot members of the team at the Tastee Diner in Silver Spring or at various events around town? The Redskins should rejoin the community.

The only time you'd catch a Redskin now is at Verizon Center, and before you know it he's back in his Escalade barreling toward rural Virginia. The Wizards, Caps and Nationals are much more a part of this town.

Posted by: drischord | February 8, 2011 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Redskins should get the heck out of ashburn. It's way too far from D.C. and the Stadium. Davidsonville, right off of Central ave. in Southern Anne Arundel County would be a great spot. Close to Stadium and beautiful area to build.

Posted by: smooth8 | February 9, 2011 3:46 AM | Report abuse

Maybe he can chop down some more trees on Federal property and move his craptastic team there.

Posted by: rdpinva | February 9, 2011 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Post a Comment

We encourage users to analyze, comment on and even challenge washingtonpost.com's articles, blogs, reviews and multimedia features.

User reviews and comments that include profanity or personal attacks or other inappropriate comments or material will be removed from the site. Additionally, entries that are unsigned or contain "signatures" by someone other than the actual author will be removed. Finally, we will take steps to block users who violate any of our posting standards, terms of use or privacy policies or any other policies governing this site. Please review the full rules governing commentaries and discussions.




characters remaining

 
 
RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2011 The Washington Post Company