In 1999, Daniel Snyder officially took over as the new leader of the Washington franchise. Since acquiring that franchise, he has invested a significant amount of money to improve the team’s stadium, practice facilities and brand reach. He has also invested a significant amount of capital to help improve the standard of living for disadvantaged individuals who live in the Washington D.C. area.
Almost $100 Million Spent on Improvements to Team Stadium
Daniel Snyder has invested roughly $100 million to upgrade FedExField over the past 20 years. The improvements have largely been aimed at improving the overall fan experience. For example, money was spent on changing traffic patterns around the stadium to ensure that those who attended events there would spend less time sitting in their cars.
Furthermore, elevators were added throughout its interior to make it easier for people to reach the top levels in a timely and convenient manner. Finally, new luxury boxes were installed to provide corporate clients with an experience that they won’t be able to find elsewhere.
Training Camp Now Held in Richmond
In an effort to extend the team’s brand reach, training camp practices were moved to Richmond in 2013. An estimated 165,000 fans showed up to the Bon Secours Training Center to see the team participate in various drills. The decision to move the practices to this facility helped the organization create a lasting presence in the state of Virginia, not just in the DC metro area.
Has Daniel Snyder Made Life Better for Washington D.C. Residents?
Soon after he bought the Washington Football Team, Snyder founded an organization that has donated almost $30 million to various causes throughout the community. For instance, it has provided financial assistance to a program that allows children to wash their clothes at dozens of participating locations throughout the community.
Parents can also use the facilities to wash their children’s clothes if they are unable to do so on their own. In some cases, they may be allowed to clean their own clothes if doing so makes it easier to provide for their sons or daughters.
In addition to making it easier for children to maintain their dignity, Snyder has donated money to help repair the Ashburn Colored School that was vandalized in 2016. His participation in fundraising efforts helped volunteers obtain more than $100,000 to restore the building to its original condition.
Finally, Daniel Snyder donated $250,000 in the aftermath of the George Floyd shooting in Minnesota. The money was earmarked for programs designed to raise awareness of issues that minorities may face in the community.
Snyder Helped a Disabled Army Veteran Get His Life Back
In 2016, Dan Snyder partnered with the Gary Sinise Foundation to help build a disabled military veteran a home that was made to adapt to his disabilities. Snyder decided to help the man as he had been a fan of the Washington Football Team for most of his life. It was also an opportunity for the franchise to once again show its support for the people who sacrificed their health for the good of their country.
Daniel Snyder Has Sent Aid to Millions of Disaster Victims
In 2004, millions of dollars were sent to victims of a tsunami that devastated the shores of Thailand and Indonesia. In 2005, Snyder was among the first to send aid to victims of Hurricane Katrina. In 2016, two Washington Football Team players were dispatched to Haiti to deliver medical supplies to the island’s leader after a large storm wreaked havoc there.
Where Did Snyder Get Enough Money to Buy an NFL Franchise?
In 1985, Snyder Communications was born, and in 2000, the company was sold to a French firm called Havas. At its height, Snyder Communications had 12,000 employees who were stationed in 17 different offices. In recent years, Snyder has founded companies such as inVentiv Health and Red Zebra Broadcasting LLC.