Thursday April 16th, 2015

Washington Redskins president Bruce Allen told fans and season ticket holders the team’s next stadium will be more like RFK Stadium, Dan Steinberg of The Washington Post reports.

The Redskins have played at FedEx field in Landover, Md., since 1997, and they have not formally announced plans for a new stadium.

Allen said the next Redskins stadium will be a more intimate atmosphere and will resemble the team’s old stomping grounds. 

“What we’re looking at, the future of the Washington Redskins in our new venue — whether it’s here, wherever it is — is going to be a more intimate stadium,” he went on. “It’s going to be closer to what RFK is.

“That’s Dan’s vision,” Allen said, referring to owner Dan Snyder. “He grew up at RFK Stadium, going to the games. And, as you know, that was 53,000 fans. And if we’re going to have loyal people….Forget the person who just wants to come for a game or two. You can lose that customer. Bring the people who BLEED burgundy and gold.

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In August 2014, Snyder said the team had started designing a new stadium and wanted it to be inspired by RFK.

"We've already seen some preliminary drawings and I'm going to be very retro with it,” he said. “It's gonna feel like RFK. It's gonna move like RFK. I love that, I actually asked architectural firms to do it and they said that they can do it. I said that I think the lower bowl sections are going to want to rock the stadium like the old days."

The Redskins finished 4–12 last season and in last place in the NFC East in their first season under head coach Jay Gruden. Washington owns the No. 5 pick in the upcoming draft.

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