LANDOVER, Md. — Washington Commanders president Jason Wright said Saturday he believes the team will still be able to live in the new stadium until its lease at FedEx Field expires in 2027, despite the recent The team’s search for months has met with setbacks.
In June, Virginia lawmakers introduced a bill that would pave the way for lure commanders to the Old Dominion. Burgundy and Gold have been eyeing a Woodbridge site, but lawmakers say there are too many issues to continue.
Commanders also explored staying in Maryland or moving back to the area. But the latter faces significant hurdles because federal officials have yet to pass legislation to sell land back to the District at the team’s preferred venue, RFK Stadium. City officials also said in June they opposed the idea of using the site for Commander Stadium.
“I think we’re still able to hit our timeline,” Wright said. “It’s going to take hard work. It’s going to take hard work. We definitely have to give it our all, give it our all, but we’ll get there.”
Wright spoke with reporters before Saturday’s preseason game against the Carolina Panthers on a wide range of topics. He touted the increase in the team’s ticket sales, saying the Commanders have sold more tickets ahead of the upcoming season than in all of last year. He also backed a tweet on Friday in which he threatened to interview a reporter for raising a question he felt was disrespectful to quarterback Carson Wentz, saying he believed “for our human defense” is appropriate.
As for the stadium search, Wright said he feels the team is closer to finalizing a spot than it was a year ago.
The executive said he played three roles in meetings with lawmakers on the project. The first, he said, is to address any concerns they have about the organization and the state of the team. The second is to focus on economic development, Wright said, relying on his consulting experience to focus on “equitable distribution of capital.” The third is “understanding what a potential deal looks like,” Wright said.
“We’ll be behind closed doors,” Wright said of the team’s stadium pursuit. “Whenever something comes out, it’s not that helpful. So I prefer to continue to have conversations with local leaders on these topics, but I would say I’m excited about it and it’s going to be a big boost of my time force.”