Only Redskins name change will bring stadium relocation in D.C.
The Washington Redskins currently play in Landover, Maryland, but if they want to return to the District of Columbia, they won’t be called the Redskins anymore. Before there can even be any talk about using the site where RFK Stadium sits, the team is going to need to change their name, according to Liz Clarke of the Washington Post.
“There is no viable path, locally or federally, for the Washington football team to return to Washington, D.C., without first changing the team name,” Washington D.C. Deputy Mayor John Falcicchio said.
The RFK Stadium sits on federally owned land by the National Park Service and it has been controlled by the city since 1938. The Redskins have played at FedEx Field since 1997, but there has been some chatter that the team would like a new stadium. One option that could be considered heading for the team could be to try and build on that RFK Stadium location.
There has been pressure for some time for the Redskins to change their name, but in the last month the talk has really heated up again.
“The time [for the name] has ended,” said U.S. representative Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), chair of the House Natural Resources Committee. “There is no way to justify it. You either step into this century or you don’t. It’s up to the owner of the team to do that.”
Redskins owner Dan Snyder has said time after time that he wouldn’t change the name, but maybe his desire for a new stadium will be enough to change the name.