Plan to Bring Redskins Back to D.C. Gets Public Hearing - NBC4 Washington

Plan to Bring Redskins Back to D.C. Gets Public Hearing



    RFK Stadium Plan (Published Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014)

    The D.C. Council wants to hear what you think about a plan to bring the Washington Redskins back to the District. 

    Back in Nov., six councilmembers unveiled their plan to create a sports and entertainment complex in southeast Washington. They hope the plan will lure the Redskins to RFK Stadium and away from their current home at FedEx Field in Landover, Md.

    Under the plan, RFK Stadium would become a 100,000 seat, domed stadium, the DC Armory would be re-purposed into a sound stage and film center and the Langston Golf Course would turn into an 18-hole PGA Championship golf course.

    A hotel complex and indoor water park would also be built to draw more visitors.

    D.C. United has used RFK Stadium as their home since 1996. But last summer, Mayor Vincent Gray announced a deal to build a new, $300 million, 25,000-seat pro soccer stadium for the team near the Nationals' ballpark.

    When asked what would become of RFK, Gray did not announce specific plans, but said he thought it would be a good football stadium.

    Councilmembers hope the plan will not only convince the Redskins to move, but also make the city a viable option to host Super Bowls, golf tournaments, film crews and maybe even the Olympics.

    Residents can comment on the plan at a public hearing at the Wilson Building at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

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