DC could be option for new Washington Commanders stadium: report

Attention is not only on the potential sale of the Washington Commanders, but also on the team's stadium search.

Virginia has shown interest in the Commanders moving from FedEx Field to the commonwealth, but a new Washington Post report suggests the National Football League is showing interest in having the team move to D.C.

The report says NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser in December that the league supports her efforts to obtain RFK stadium from the federal government.

That would give D.C. a seat at the table in the Commanders' efforts to build a new stadium.

"We continue to pursue all options across multiple sites in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia, and those efforts include supporting District leaders in securing rights to the RFK site so the city can determine how best to use the land for economic, social, and community growth," read a statement by a Commanders spokesperson.

The report arrives after a lot of fans had given up on the RFK site —  after officials in both Virginia and Maryland expressed their own interest, and after some D.C. council members announced opposition to having the team play in D.C. at all.

"The NFL really wants a team to stay in the nation’s capital. It’s a large, wealthy marketplace," said George Washington University Professor of Sport Management Lisa Delpy Neirotti, who added it’s also important for the NFL to have a relationship with legislators, who, of course, would be located nearby. "I think the NFL is just doing an olive branch, right? They’re saying ‘look, we support you, we want NFL in the nation’s capital, and we will do what we can to make it happen.’"

The current RFK Stadium is expected to be demolished by the end of the year.