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Redskins' owner confirms interest in Virginia for new stadium

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The Washington Redskins could be moving to Virginia as the team begins planning for where to play after FedEx field.

The team offices are already based in the Commonwealth and training camp is held annually in Richmond. Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe is in talks with Redskins owner Dan Snyder to place a stadium in the state, as well.

While the Redskins owner has made it clear he's looking at options in Washington, D.C. and Maryland, as well, some are saying they really believe Virginia could have the clear advantage. Others are saying not so much.

There's no question the Skins' have brought new energy to our area.

"They bring a lot of people into town. There are a lot of businesses making money," said Paul Bradberry.

That could translate into an even bigger boost for the Commonwealth if the team's owner Daniel Snyder secures a deal here.

"We love FedEx Field. It's a great place to feature our home games, but its 17 years old now so it's time for us to start looking," Snyder told Comcast SportsNet.

McAuliffe has met with Snyder to pitch the Commonwealth, according to sources. Wherever he decides to go, Snyder is revealing what he'd like to see, not just about his plans for a new stadium, but also his intentions on hosting football's biggest event.

"This region deserves a Super Bowl. It ought to be here," said Snyder. "I think it will be a new place. I'm looking forward to that."

Not everyone is sold Virginia should make the cut.

"I think they should build it in Washington, D.C. if they are the Washington Redskins," said fan Jonathan Legendre. "RFK needs to get taken down. It's old. It's bad. Get rid of it, build a new stadium there and be done with it."

Although the wheels are turning for a new stadium, leaders with the Virginia Economic Development Partnership say they're not ready to comment since there's no certainty it will be in the state.

Snyder says he's already reviewed artist renderings of what the stadium could look like, although he doesn't have a timeline on selecting a location.

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