Snyder: Skins have ‘started the process’ of designing new stadium

Dan Snyder and the Redskins say they followed the rules, but are being penalized anyway. (courtesy pressphotos.us)

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WASHINGTON — Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder says that the team has “started the process” of designing a new stadium.

In an interview with Comcast SportsNet, Snyder would not give a timeline for a new stadium to open, nor whether it would be in Maryland, Virginia or the District. But he said he hoped a new stadium would open “sooner rather than later.”

Snyder called the team’s current home, FedEx Field, “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.”

FedEx Field opened in 1997; Snyder says that the concept for its successor would be based on its predecessor, RFK Stadium.

“I’m going to be very retro with it,” Snyder said. “It’s gonna feel like RFK. It’s gonna move like RFK.”

Referring to the trademark way the seats in the lower sections would bounce when fans got frenetic, Snyder said, “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.”

He also said that he hoped a new stadium would someday host a Super Bowl: “It’s the biggest sporting event in the globe. In the nation’s capital, it’s a no-brainer.”

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