The Washington Commanders want a new stadium, but they don’t seem to want a ton of fans to fill it up.
The franchise recently acquired an option to purchase 200 acres of land in Prince William County, Virginia. FedExField is one of the largest stadiums in the NFL, but the Commanders new proposal would be downsized by a lot.
Per The Times-Dispatch, Washington’s proposal is for a 55,000-seat stadium. That would be the smallest stadium in the NFL. A source with knowledge of the situation told The Times-Dispatch that the goal of this new stadium isn’t to be the biggest, but to create a “strong environment” for the Commanders when they play their homes games.
Washington wants to leave FedEx Field, which was built by former owner Jack Kent Cooke and opened in 1997. Their contract to play at this site expires in 2026.
It’s uncertain how much money the Commanders would spend on their own to build a stadium.