Washington Redskins Owner Daniel Snyder has met with Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe (D) to discuss the potential of building a new stadium for the NFL football team in Virginia.
Multiple sources have confirmed the meeting to NBC12.
In an interview with CSN, Snyder said that the team had already started the process of finding a location for a new stadium and said all three DMV areas are in the running.
“Whether it's Washington, D.C., whether it's another stadium in Maryland, whether it's a stadium in Virginia, we've started the process,” Snyder said.
“We are going to push forward. We've started meeting with architectural firms. We are in the process of developing because it is a long term that you do it.”
NBC12 has confirmed that McAuliffe and Snyder met several months ago on that exact topic.
McAuliffe has carefully waded through the Redskins name controversy, a posture that could make Virginia the front runner.
Snyder has never wavered in his position that the name will stay the same.
McAuliffe has yet to state his personal position on the name itself, but he visited Redskins training camp in Richmond this year on two seperate occasions and sang the praises of the team's economic impact on the city and state.
“I come at this as the governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia. I am the chief jobs creation officer. My job is to grow the economy and I have a team here that is growing the economy," McAuliffe said. "All the players live in Virginia. Most of the season tickets I’m told are Virginians. Everyone comes at it from a different perspective. My perspective as governor is I love the economic activity.”
In order for any serious progress to be made on a stadium being built it will require cooperation from Virginia's General Assembly. A group McAuliffe has had battles with.
This could be an issue that unites both sides.
In an interview with NBC4's David Culver, Governor McAuliffe confirmed that he has met with Snyder about the potential for a new stadium in Virginia: