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Stadium Deals That Might Smell A Bit Sweeter
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The Washington Post - Washington, D.C.
Subjects: Professional soccer; Professional baseball; Professional football; Area planning & development; Stadiums
Author: Fisher, Marc
Date: Jan 11, 2007
Start Page: B.1
Section: METRO

Although no public announcement has been made, Redskins owner Dan Snyder has quietly been meeting with top city officials about building a football stadium in the District, most likely at the RFK Stadium site. Three top D.C. officials say that Snyder had meetings about his stadium project with outgoing D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission Chairman Mark Tuohey and [Tony Williams], in the final days of his administration.

City and federal officials expect that tiff will be worked out, at which point [Adrian Fenty] will have to explain why it's not okay for the city to pay cash for a stadium, but it is okay for the city to give United's principal owner, Victor MacFarlane, or Snyder control over valuable riverfront land.

Oh, and if the Redskins move back to Washington, relieving fans of the pain of dealing with The Mistake in Landover, what happens to the former Jack Kent Cooke Stadium? D.C. officials have been told that it was designed to be converted easily into a shopping mall, allowing Snyder, who does not exactly have a civic-minded reputation, to present himself to Prince George's County as an engine of economic development, a good guy at last.

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