James Comer, the chairman of the influential congressional committee that oversees Washington, D.C., is preparing to introduce legislation that could enable the District to build a new stadium for the Washington Commanders NFL team, according to the Washington Post.
The legislation could allow a new stadium or another mixed-use development to be built at the site of RFK Stadium, boosting Mayor Muriel Bowser’s efforts to lure the team back to the city.
The franchise has played at FedExField in Maryland, some five miles east of Washington, D.C., since 1997. Before then, RFK Stadium was its home for 35 years.
A House Oversight Committee spokesman confirmed to the newspaper that the proposed legislation that could allow the District to develop the RFK site, which is on federal land.
Maryland and Virginia are also hoping to win the battle to secure the Commanders, with the team having a deal to play at FedExField until September 2027.
In May, Tanya and Dan Snyder, co-owners of the Commanders, confirmed that an agreement has been reached to sell the franchise to a group led by Josh Harris in a deal worth a reported $6.05bn (£4.8bn/€5.6bn).
In December, the District of Columbia officially bid farewell to RFK Stadium, with the ceremonial removal of the last orange wooden seats of the venue’s lower bowl.