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Virginia legislation looks to lure WFT to state with new stadium

Members of the Virginia House and Senate late last week filed legislation sought by the Washington Football Team to "build a stadium and vast commercial complex in Northern Virginia," another step in a "bipartisan effort to lure the team to the commonwealth," according to Laura Vozzella of the WASHINGTON POST. The bills would "create a football stadium authority that could oversee the financing and construction of a stadium at the heart of a massive retail, entertainment and residential development." The WFT is "contractually obligated" to play at FedExField in Landover, Md., until '27, after which it could "stay or seek another home." The team "has not ruled out potential sites" in Maryland or DC. If the bills move ahead in Virginia, the team would "build in Loudoun or Prince William counties." Team officials have been meeting with Virginia legislators "for months," sharing "detailed renderings of a domed stadium anchoring a vast commercial and entertainment complex intended to be used all year instead of just for 10 home games a year." Virginia House Majority Leader Terry Kilgore said, “Virginia is a football state. We deserve a football team … both as a source of shared pride and of state revenues.” But Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan last week indicated that his state "still hopes to keep the team on its side of the Potomac." Hogan: "Maryland is going to fight" (WASHINGTON POST, 1/21).

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