WASHINGTON — In medieval times, you’d have to cross a moat to make it to the castle. If “starchitect” Bjarke Ingels has his way, you’ll have to do the same thing to watch the Washington Redskins play football.
This week, on CBS show “60 Minutes,” Ingels will reveal his design for the new Redskins stadium, a massive bowl that includes the moat for tailgating kayakers.
“The stadium is designed as much for the tailgating, like the pre-game, as for the game itself,” Ingels tells 60 Minutes. “Tailgating literally becomes a picnic in a park. It can actually make the stadium a more lively destination throughout the year without ruining the turf for the football game.”
In November, Ingels hinted at his ties with the Redskins, by posting a photo on Instagram of Redskins-branded M&M candies.
This would be his firm’s first NFL stadium.
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has been pitching the team on the idea of building in Loudoun County, near the still-to-be-built Metro Silver Line stations.
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has expressed interest in having the Redskins in the District, again, but has said the team would have to change its controversial name before returning to D.C.
The team’s lease at FedEx Field doesn’t expire until 2027, according to The Washington Post.
WTOP’s Neal Augenstein contributed to this report.