DC Officials to hold Meeting about Redskins Training Facility Idea

By Ricky Allen

According to D.C. Commissioner Brian Flahaven, a meeting has been scheduled with Mayor Vincent Gray to discuss the future of the property known as Reservation 13.  The Mayor has expressed his desire to possibly  develop the area into a training facility for the Washington Redskins.

Here we go.

The meeting, scheduled for March 26 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., will hopefully give more insight into the Mayor’s idea, according to Flahaven’s blog.  Those who plan to go to this meeting can read more about it here.  Below is official announcement:

The Future of Reservation 13
Monday, March 26, 2012
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Eastern High School
1700 East Capitol Street NE

A Big Gamble on the Future?

According to the Washington Post, Mayor Gray’s discussions won’t include building a new Redskins stadium, “..but city officials hope that a training facility could be a prelude to building one when the team’s lease on FedEx Field in Landover expires in 2027, if not sooner.”

I get it: Move them back piece by piece. First the training facility, then the newly-built practice bubble, and finally the team.

Wanting a piece of the action?

This is not about helping the Washington Redskins win a Super Bowl, so let’s not go down that road. That’s a whole other project that will not help with relocation. This is about revenue. This is the ol’ “If you build it they will come” and who’s the “they”? Businesses. They can turn that entire location into a completely different community.

Below is  a layout of the area courtesy of the Washington Post:

If you notice, it’s right near beside…oh what luck! RFK Stadium…

Come on, it’s so obvious.

Is Loudoun County Watching?

I had the chance to talk to the Loudoun County Chamber President and  CEO Tony Howard early last month about this. He said, “The Redskins franchise has to do what is right for their shareholders. I wouldn’t expect anything less. I just hope they’re seeing the increased level of support.”

<<READ: “Washington Redskins are Doing Fine in Loudoun County, says Chamber CEO>>

However, you could’ve almost seen this coming a mile away. Loudon County has been loving the attention. Who wouldn’t? It’s a professional football team. The marketing opportunities are endless. In 2010, they proclaimed Sept. 7-12 as “Redskins Week in Loudoun County”. Below is a snippet of the Press Release:

Board of Supervisors Proclaims Redskins Week in Loudoun County

Following adoption of a proclamation making this “Redskins Week” in Loudoun County, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors presented the proclamation to the football team’s general manager, Bruce Allen, during the Board’s general business meeting September 7, 2010.

You can read the entire Proclamation here.

The Redskins have been a part of that area since 2000.  I really hope  Mayor Gray doesn’t think the Loudoun County  Chamber won’t put up some hefty competition to keep the Redskins.  This is getting interesting.

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