Virginia Lawmakers Delay Vote on New Commanders Stadium

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The Virginia General Assembly has decided to table a vote that would have secured support for the Washington Commanders’ proposed new stadium.

Lawmakers in the state were expected to vote Tuesday on a pair of bills that would have created a stadium authority.

“The vote is going to be delayed, it’s going to be put off and we’ll see what happens in the coming weeks,” senator Jeremy McPike of Prince William County told WTOP.

Enthusiasm for the new stadium has waned in recent weeks, even as plans leaked for a possible new stadium in Woodbridge, where the team recently purchased a large parcel of land.

“I think the temperature has cooled a little bit,” said McPike. “I think there are a lot of questions still around transportation, no matter the site. Transportation and traffic are one of the keys that are going to drive discussion.”

McPike said he’ll only vote for a plan that includes major investment in transportation infrastructure for the area.

“Transportation is so critical to my district. There’s no way I can vote for it without seeing some extraordinary investment and innovation,” McPike said. “I don’t think any of those conversations have yet to be developed and take place. I got to see it before anything moves forward.”

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