Feb 2, 2022; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Commanders co-owner Dan Snyder speaks as co-owner Tanya Snyder (L) listens during a press conference revealing the Commanders as the new name for the formerly named Washington Football Team at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Commanders buy land in Virginia for possible stadium site

The Washington Commanders purchased 200 acres of land in Prince William County, Va., for about $100 million, multiple media outlets reported Monday.

The franchise is in the process of weighing its options for a new stadium to replace FedEx Field in Landover, Md. The team has considered potential sites in Northern Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia, but ESPN reported that Virginia was its preferred site for now.

NBC Sports Washington reported that the land is Woodbridge, Va., situated just off Interstate 95.

The team moved out of Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium and into FedEx Field in 1997. FedEx Field has been widely panned as one of the least enjoyable stadiums in the NFL, and the Commanders’ contract to play there expires in 2026.

The Commanders’ team headquarters are in Ashburn, Va., and they hold their training camp in the state capital of Richmond.

Budget negotiators in the Virginia state legislature have agreed to cap Commanders stadium bonds at $350 million, far less than an initial estimate earlier in the spring of $1 billion.

Also potentially complicating matters: Virginia attorney general Jason Miyares launched an investigation into the team’s business practices last month in response to evidence that may show owner Daniel Snyder engaged in financial improprieties while running the team.

The House Oversight & Reform Committee told the Federal Trade Commission in a letter last month that it had obtained evidence that Snyder “may have engaged in a troubling, long-running, and potentially unlawful pattern of financial conduct” that took advantage of the team’s fans.

–Field Level Media

Nov 22, 2020; Landover, Maryland, USA; Washington Football Team cornerback Ronald Darby (23) celebrates with Washington Football Team cornerback Jimmy Moreland (20) after recovering a fumble in the end zone against the Cincinnati Bengals at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Football Team: No fans the rest of season

The Washington Football Team will continue their pursuit of the NFC East title without fans at their remaining two home games this season.

“After careful consideration and close coordination with Prince George’s County health officials, the Washington Football Team has made the difficult decision to play the remainder of our 2020 games without fans in attendance,” the team said in a statement on Friday.

“We will miss the unbridled passion of our fanbase at FedExField as we take on the Seattle Seahawks on December 20th and the Carolina Panthers on December 27th, but we must remain diligent in protecting our staff, players, fans, and the community as the region continues its fight against COVID-19.”

Washington (5-7) upset the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday night to remain in a tie with the New York Giants for first place in the decision. They are scheduled to play the San Francisco 49ers (5-7) on Sunday in Glendale, Ariz.

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Nov 18, 2018; Landover, MD, USA; Empty club level seats are seen during the first half of a game between the Washington Redskins and the Houston Texans at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Washington to allow 3,000 fans for Giants game

The Washington Football Team will allow about 3,000 fans to attend the Nov. 8 game at FedEx Field against the New York Giants.

“Welcome back! It’s a small step back towards normalcy in this crazy time,” tweeted Julie Donaldson, the team’s senior vice president of media and content.

The team plays in Landover, Md., and state Gov. Larry Hogan announced last week that both the Redskins and Baltimore Ravens could open their stadiums to fans as long as they occupied fewer than 10 percent of the seats amid the coronavirus pandemic.

FedEx Field seats about 80,000.

The team did a trial run with 200 friends and family members on hand Oct. 11 for the game against the Los Angeles Rams.

“We take our responsibility to protect our staff, players, fans, and the community seriously,” said Jason Wright, team president. “Since the beginning of the season, we worked in close coordination with Prince George’s County health officials to monitor and assess the possibility of welcoming fans.”

Tickets will be sold to season-ticket holders, based on tenure. All fans must wear face coverings.

–Field Level Media