Proposed Commanders Stadium sites in Virginia elicit mixed feelings

Traffic is the biggest concern for residents after WUSA9 first unveiled proposed plans to build a new Commanders Stadium in Northern Virginia.

STERLING, Va. — Not everyone is on the same team when it comes to three proposed sites in Virginia to build a new Washington Commanders stadium.

WUSA9 was the first to announce the plans on Thursday as Commonwealth lawmakers moved closer to passing a billion-dollar bond package to help owner Dan Snyder fund a new location in Northern Virginia. for his stadium.

One of three proposed locations is on the Loudoun Quarries property in Sterling, located along Shaw Road off Route 28. The area is a five-minute drive from Dulles International Airport and is within about five miles south of the commanders headquarters and training center at Ashburn. .

The team inquired about the property 18 months ago.

Loudoun County Supervisor Sylvia Glass – who oversees the Broad Run district where the Loudoun Quarries are located – said she would only be interested in a project that meets the county’s strategic and economic goals.

“Such a project would include alignment with our overall plan and priorities for suburban and urban policies around metro developments, and financially beneficial development for our community as we continue to diversify our economy,” Glass told WUSA9. in a press release. “[T]he Washington Commanders are a valued member of our business community, and I am interested in continuing our longstanding relationship with the [t]team.”

The proposed area is in the same metropolitan neighborhood that the county is trying to develop.

Leesburg City Council voted to send a letter to the Board of Supervisors expressing its disapproval of an NFL stadium in Loudoun County.

WUSA9 has also reached out to the owner of Loudoun Quarries, but had no response as of this story’s publication. A representative from the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce and Loudoun County Economic Development said WUSA9’s plans were too early to comment.

Residents living near the proposed site are concerned about increased traffic.

“The traffic is already bad, so putting a stadium nearby is just ridiculous to me,” said resident Jaleesa Robinson.

“There is already enough traffic on the road,” added resident Elizabeth Ménard.

For football fans like Joshua Ebreo, a stadium downstairs is a practical and exciting idea.

“I live just down the street so it would be really cool to jump down the street and stop at the stadium because I love football and I’m a huge Washington fan so it would be cool to to have a stadium literally in my backyard,” Ebreo said.

Another proposed site is in the small town of Dumfries, Prince William County, about 35 miles from downtown DC, which could easily take more than an hour to drive during rush hour.

Mayor Derrick Wood said no one from the Commanders organization had been in touch with the construction of a stadium in Dumfries, which has a population of 8,000.

It would be located in Potomac Shores, an ongoing development with new construction across from the land on which the stadium would be built.

With traffic and transport being the biggest problems, Wood pushed for a two-way rail service to Dumfries. Nonetheless, he believes the stadium would benefit his community.

“One of the promises I made was that I was going to help make this community a place of destination,” Wood said. “It has to be some sort of entertainment complex, right? Obviously an entertainment complex is going to bring a lot of people to that area, which is nice to be able to capture that money and some of that revenue and some of that tourism dollars.

Wood’s administration has already presided over the closing of a nearby landfill that will be turned into a hotel, gambling and entertainment complex on the side of I-95.

The final proposed plan would be located behind a residential area on Summit School Road in Woodbridge. One would have to exit I-95 and travel along Telegraph Road and through commercial and residential streets.

Residents also have opposing views.

“This place will bring a lot of new people to the stadium for people who don’t necessarily go to DC,” said Woodbridge resident Daniel Griffith. “So I think people will come here too and realize how awesome this place is.”

“I just think it’s probably not the best place because I already feel like it’s overcrowded here so I think the traffic is absolutely awful,” Shannon Nelson said. “Maybe closer to DC or Maryland even though I know there are stadiums around there, but I don’t think it should be like that.”

WUSA9 has contacted Woodbridge District Supervisor Margaret Franklin but has yet to hear back.

According to plans reviewed by WUSA9, the three venues would include more than just a 700,000 square foot, 16 acre stadium.

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