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Virginia Governor backs development of new NFL stadium

Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin has backed plans to build a new NFL stadium in the state amid continued talk of a potential new home for the Washington Football Team.

Washington currently plays at FedExField in Prince George’s County, Maryland but the team’s training base and headquarters are in Ashburn, Virginia.

Washington has a contract to play at FedExField (pictured) until September 2027 and the team has been exploring options for a new home, with Virginia having been linked as a potential location.

Speaking during a meeting of Virginia’s general assembly earlier this week, Youngkin urged the state’s old Baseball Stadium Authority to turn its attention to building a new NFL stadium.

“I support a significant investment in mega-sites,” Youngkin said. “To make sure we don’t lose the next advanced battery manufacturing plant after seeing several go to Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina and Georgia.

“And while we’re at it let’s broaden the Baseball Stadium Authority to include football. And perhaps we’ll get one of those too.”

Northern Virginia State Senator Jeremy McPike confirmed to FOX 5 that legislators spoke with representatives from Washington Football Team last month, adding that Virginia talks are “very serious”.

McPike said: “There are some locations under consideration, I can’t talk about specific sites, but certainly the existing station contract in Maryland is up in the next four years. And so they’ve got to start to make plans now, the construction of a stadium takes years and years.”

Washington Football Team is due to announce a new name for the franchise on February 2.

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