WASHINGTON — Vincent Orange may no longer sit on the D.C. City Council, but the former Ward 5 politician and current President and CEO of the D.C. Chamber of Commerce still wants a domed D.C. NFL stadium.
This has to be music to the ears of the Washington Redskins, who are expected to ramp up stadium negotiations with D.C., Maryland and Virginia in 2017.
Orange was in Atlanta on Saturday for the Falcons-Seahawks Divisional Playoff game and came away impressed. He sent out tweets to former coworkers Jack Evans (Ward 2) and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, as well as Max Brown and Gregory O’Dell of Events DC:
This is not a new position for Orange, who has been an outspoken advocate of building a domed stadium for the Redskins. In late 2013, Orange advanced ann idea that would rebuild RFK to nearly double its current capacity from 54,000 to 100,000, and put it in a dome.
He advanced a bill on the City Council that included the following description:
The 100,000 seat domed stadium complex would provide the opportunity for the Washington football team to return to the District as well as host large scale events such as Super Bowls, Final Fours, the Olympics, and Fédération Internationale de Football Association (“FIFA”) Soccer.
“RFK is an antiquated and deteriorating stadium, and with D.C. United set to relocate, RFK will become an even bigger financial drain on the city,” Orange said. “The economic opportunities and employment opportunities that would result from a state-of-the-art stadium in the District are limitless.”
Ironically, those plans also included redesigning the area for an 18-hole PGA championship golf course. And who did Orange say he had spoken to about designing this golf course?
None other than the future President Elect Donald Trump.