Landover in Prince George's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Marvin F. Wilson Stadium
Former Prince George's County Council member Marvin F. Wilson, representing District 5, gained a reputation early on as a staunch supporter of the Washington Redskins' relocation to Prince George's County. Mr. Wilson had a vision that this opportunity would drive economic returns for residents of the county. Despite strong opposition, he remained steadfast in his commitment to a win for all parties.
Mr. Wilson took his message to the people through a series of community meetings, where he offered residents the opportunity to share their concerns about the proposed project, while ensuring a response to every question. Mr. Wilson believed that this opportunity for new development would bring much-needed improvements to the Sheriff Road corridor.
Mr. Wilson further believed that the area was well suited for a world-class, state-of-the-art Olympic training facility that would provide a mechanism for local talent to be showcased on the world stage.
Known for action, Mr. Wilson was able to gain the partnership of former Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke. "I took the presentation board for Fairland Athletic Complex
Unanimous support was gained from the Prince George's County Council chaired by Dorothy Bailey, and from Prince George's County Executive Wayne K. Curry. This led to additional County-approved funding for the project that allowed The Maryland-National Capital Park Planning Commission to proceed with a design/build contract to construct a sports and learning complex that included a field house, aquatic center, gymnastics venue, fitness center, and ultimately, a learning component addition.
Day or night throughout the construction period, Mr. Wilson could be seen with camcorder in tow at the Wilson Farm property (no relationship). He stayed connected from the time the first bulldozer arrived until the final brick was laid.
Today, Prince George's County residents and visitors enjoy a 200-meter indoor track as well as a 400-meter outdoor track, along with the Olympic-sized swimming pool, fitness facility, gymnastics area, and access to comprehensive learning opportunities
Numerous events are held at the stadium each year, attracting thousands of spectators who watch activities and sports competitions, and hundreds of youth who attend sports camps.
The Prince George's County Council voted on Council Resolution CR-22 which funded the purchase of the property on which the Redskins stadium and the Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex were built. Shown from left are: seated, Anne MacKinnon; Dorothy F. Bailey, Chair; Audrey E. Scott; standing, Stephen DelGiudice; Ronald V. Russell; Isaac J. Gourdine; Marvin F. Wilson; Walter H. Maloney; and M.H. Jim Estepp, Vice Chair.
A memorabilia item from Mr. Wilson's collection includes this Jack Kent Cooke autographed page from a Redskins Magazine.
Erected by Parks & Recreation, Maryland-National Capital Park Planning Commission.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Government & Politics • Parks & Recreational Areas • Sports.
Location. 38° 54.615′ N, 76° 52.177′ W. Marker is in Landover, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker can be reached from Sheriff Road west of Harvey Drive, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8001 Sheriff Rd, Hyattsville MD 20785, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Development at the Wilson Farm Site (approx. 0.2 miles away); History of the Wilson Farm (approx. ¼ mile away); Osborne Perry Anderson (approx. 0.6 miles away); Thomas R Hawkins (approx. 0.6 miles away); Elizabeth Keckly (approx. 0.6 miles away); Christian A Fleetwood (approx. 0.6 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away); This Memorial Honors Philip Reed (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Landover.
1. About the Washington Redskins
The National Football League's Washington Redskins have been rebranded twice since this marker was erected. In 2020, the team dropped the racial pejorative and the official interim name became the Washington Football Team. In 2022, the team was rebranded the Washington Commanders.
While it hasn't gained the same national press as the other part of its name, some DC Residents still find the team's name offensive, since the team has played in Prince George's County, Maryland since the 1990s, and not actually in Washington, DC.
— Submitted May 30, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 31, 2022. It was originally submitted on May 30, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 336 times since then and 185 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 30, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.