Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Washington Redskins organization has “started the process” of designing a new stadium to serve as the team’s home, owner Dan Snyder told Comcast SportsNet in an exclusive interview Wednesday.

“Whether it’s Washington, D.C., whether it’s another stadium in Maryland, whether it’s a stadium in Virginia, we’ve started the process,” Snyder said.

“We are going to push forward. We’ve started meeting with architectural firms. We are in the process of developing because it is [over] a long term that you do it.”

The current home of the Redskins, FedEx Field, opened in 1997. Prior to the opening of FedEx, the Redskins played at RFK Stadium, which opened in 1961.

According to Snyder, plans for a new stadium have RFK in mind.

“We’ve already seen some preliminary drawings and I’m going to be very retro with it,” he told CSN. “It’s gonna feel like RFK. It’s gonna move like RFK. I love that, I actually asked architectural firms to do it and they said that they can do it. I said that I think the lower bowl sections are going to want to rock the stadium like the old days.”

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Snyder gave no official timeline for approval, but said the proposed designs could then become a stadium that hosts a Super Bowl in the future.

“I’d like to see it sooner than later, but we love FedEx Field,” he said. “It’s a great place to feature our home games, but it’s 17 years old now. I think it’s time for us to start looking and we’re doing it.

“I think this region, not only this town, this region deserves a Super Bowl. It ought to be here, it would be a fantastic accomplishment. It’s the biggest sporting event in the globe. It’s the nation’s capital, it’s a no-brainer.”

Watch more from Snyder in Thursday’s 6:30 p.m. edition of Redskins Kickoff on CSN and tune in on Monday, Sept. 1, at 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. for the full, wide-ranging interview as part of CSN’s special Geico SportsNet Central: Dan Snyder 1-on-1.

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