WASHINGTON, DC—The idea of building a new RFKStadium in the District has drawn the interest of both theOlympic exploratory committee and Redskins ownerDaniel Snyder.

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Even though the Redskins' current home field—FedEx Field inLandover, MD—is just 17 years old, Snyder has reportedly beeninterested in returning the team to the district. Last week in aninterview with broadcast network Comcast Sportsnet, Snyderconfirmed he might like to have his NFL franchise play its homegames at a new RFK Stadium, according to the Washington Post.

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“We've already seen some preliminary drawings, and I'm going tobe very retro with it,” Snyder told CSN. “It's gonna feel like RFK.It's gonna move like RFK. I love that. I actually askedarchitectural firms to do it, and they said that they can do it. Isaid that I think the lower-bowl sections are going to want to rockthe stadium like the old days.”

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Erik A. Moses, managing director of sports andentertainment at Events DC, says the group has nothad direct discussions with the Redskins about a new stadium. Twomonths ago the U.S. Olympic Committee named theDistrict one of four finalists for a potential bid.

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“As we get farther down the road with this D.C. 2024 bid, theobvious plan would be if you become the host city for a U.S. bid,where would you build [the stadium]? At RFK. And then convert itafterwards for permanent use,” Moses says.

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The controversy surrounding the Redskins' name continues in theDistrict and elsewhere and could be tied to any new stadium plan.D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray says the name needed to bediscussed if the team wanted a stadium deal and Del.Eleanor Holmes Norton was among 49 Capitol Hill lawmakersto send a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodellurging him to endorse a change in the team's name. See story in theWashington Post.

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John Jordan

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