Gov. Larry Hogan withdraws Maryland from Redskins new stadium plans

- (AP) -- Gov. Larry Hogan has abandoned talks to persuade the Washington Redskins to build its next stadium on a Maryland site currently owned by the federal government.

Spokeswoman Amelia Chasse told news outlets Tuesday that Hogan will proceed with acquiring state control of the 300-acre tract near MGM National Harbor. In December, Hogan acknowledged negotiating a nonbinding land swap that could have cleared the way for a 60,000-seat stadium. That plan drew concern from surprised local politicians and those worried about environmental and financial impact.


STATEMENT:

"We are not continuing discussions with the Redskins regarding this site at this time, however we are moving full steam ahead with acquiring state control of the Maryland Gateway in Prince George’s County from the federal government. We believe this site holds significant potential benefits for the region and the state, as does the proposal to expand protected federal parkland in Western Maryland. We are working closely with our federal partners to finalize the transfer."

Amelia Chasse, Communications Director for Maryland Governor Larry Hogan


Hogan's decision and Virginia's disinterest leaves Redskins owner Daniel Snyder with one suitor -- the District of Columbia. His first choice is Washington's RFK Stadium site, but he now has fewer bargaining chips.

The Redskins can't leave FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, until September 2027.

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