Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin is keeping open the possibility of luring the Washington Commanders to Virginia.
Six months after the Virginia legislature killed a bill that would have helped finance a new stadium for the Commanders in the state, Youngkin, a Republican, has proposed spending $500,000 to study ways the state could encourage the franchise to relocate from Landover when its lease at FedEx Field expires in 2027.
The funds were included in Youngkin’s two-year budget proposal submitted to the legislature last week, according to The Washington Post. But the money would not be available until 2024, the second year of the budget plan, perhaps because Youngkin is holding out hope that controversial Commanders owner Daniel Snyder would have a deal in place to sell the team by then.
The team had reportedly inked a deal last spring last to acquire 200 acres in Woodbridge and news reports at the time said the team was also eyeing sites in Sterling and Dumfries. The team has said that no matter where the new stadium lands it would surrounded by substantial mixed-use development that would include multifamily housing, retail and hotels.