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Redskins begin selling standing-room tickets

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Though the Redskins haven’t had trouble selling out FedEx Field, they possibly have provided inspiration to teams that struggle to sell every ticket to every non-premium seat.

Remove the seats that don’t sell, and replace them with platforms on which folks who choose to show up will stand.

According to Mike Jones of the Washington Post, the Redskins have informed season-ticket holders that standing-room “party deck” tickets are available, at $290 for the full season.

Per Jones, the Redskins have between 4,000 and 5,000 standing-room tickets available.  Those extra spots replace roughly 12,000 seats that were removed last year from FedEx Field, to facilitate the construction of the party decks.

In other cities, this becomes a possible strategy for ensuring sellouts while still having extra capacity for big games.  In Miami, for example, where the Dolphins have the largest upper deck in the league, seats that don’t sell now can be replaced with standing areas that wouldn’t count toward lifting the local blackout, but that would give the team the ability to add more bodies when the demand catches up with the supply.

And if it works, teams can also begin selling Personal Standing Licenses.  Which could be supplemented by Personal Breathing Licenses.  And maybe an annual fee for access to the restrooms, the one place in the stadium where it will make sense to not use the Personal Breathing License.

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17 Responses to “Redskins begin selling standing-room tickets”
  1. getyourownname says: Jun 19, 2012 2:43 PM

    Apparently Little Danny just found out all the other patrons he was at eye level with were sitting, not standing, so he has another market to try to tap.

  2. commonsensedude says: Jun 19, 2012 2:52 PM

    Sounds like a great plan … until the Fire Marshal visits the stadium and shuts it down due to safety concerns.

    Danny, what other benefits come with the tickets that come without the seat? Perhaps you can charge folks $5 bucks a game for leaving their cars in the “party parking lot” on the shoulder of Interstate 495?

  3. gordyb7 says: Jun 19, 2012 2:56 PM

    It’s ridiculous that teams are wasting resources altering their stadium seating configurations to accommodate this stupid, pointless blackout rule.

  4. wwwfella says: Jun 19, 2012 3:03 PM

    they got rid of those seats a year to early if rg3 succeeds they couldve sold out those seats for the next ten years

  5. thedonnicolai says: Jun 19, 2012 3:29 PM

    If you read the first line of the article or know anything about the Skins then you’d know they NEVER have problems selling out any games because of support from the best fan base on the planet! Party decks were put in to celebrate our upcoming Super Bowl Championship! HAIL

  6. schmitty2 says: Jun 19, 2012 3:29 PM

    The biggest benefit to a “standing room” ticket is they will have the easiest time running for the parking lot after another beatdown

  7. footballfanman says: Jun 19, 2012 3:45 PM

    wwwfella says:
    Jun 19, 2012 3:03 PM
    they got rid of those seats a year to early if rg3 succeeds they couldve sold out those seats for the next ten years
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    The seats are easily removed and put back in. That’s the point. You don’t think they can put those seats back in in a week?

  8. calzone21411 says: Jun 19, 2012 3:46 PM

    never agreed with a single decision Danny Boy has ever made however if he didn’t rip those seats out last year…..local blackout!

  9. rumblinrhino says: Jun 19, 2012 3:52 PM

    The seats were removed because they were awful! Folks on the season ticket waiting list were turning down offers to spend $2,000+ per seat for a bad view so converting them to SRO at $290 per makes them attractive. It’s a supply and demand problem and we’ll see if the Redskins hit the sweet spot on the price.

  10. goredskins11 says: Jun 19, 2012 3:57 PM

    WOW. If I lived in the DC area, I would definitely pay $300 for a season of standing room only tickets to see the Redskins in their home stadium. It has been a dream of mine to see them in their home stadium. I have been a fan since 1982 and have seen them five times in Dallas (I live in East Texas).

  11. billobrienschindimple says: Jun 19, 2012 4:02 PM

    This is an awful idea. Much of the fan violence involved in European soccer in the 80’s and 90’s came as a result of standing room sections.

    Within a few years I would expect someone to be seriously injured, if not killed in a standing room area.

  12. jwreck says: Jun 19, 2012 4:04 PM

    thedonnicolai says: Jun 19, 2012 3:29 PM

    If you read the first line of the article or know anything about the Skins then you’d know they NEVER have problems selling out any games because of support from the best fan base on the planet! Party decks were put in to celebrate our upcoming Super Bowl Championship! HAIL
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    while this guy may have spoke a little boldly, the fact is that the Redskins have not had a problem selling out games, even at their worst. Even with Snyder suing fans and half the stadium wearing bags over their heads, the Redskins have sold out games. Does that make them the “best fan base on the planet”? That would be a very contentious argument. All this proves unquestionably, is that Washington has one of the richest sports markets in the country as well as the most cash-saturated and least recession-damaged fan base. Which is why, despite being just God-Awful since 1992, the Redskins remain the second most profitable franchise in the country and remain in the top five franchises in jersey sales every year.

  13. mrpilsner says: Jun 19, 2012 4:16 PM

    Yo, Gordy!

    Those television contracts that feed this entire enterprise will disappear if NFL games begin looking like MLB games. Vast stretches of empty seats are one thing but 50 yard line/home plate vacancies SCREAM “inconsequential/insignificant/trivial” and the networks will NOT dedicate dozens of cameras and staff and certainly NOT pay billions to show games that look and feel like the USFL did.
    Like it or not there are fans who matter and fans who matter a little more. Those are the butts in the seats who create the incredible Sunday excitement that television then tries to present in living rooms and sports bars. The best sign of any franchise’s vitality is its season ticket waiting list. Wouldn’t you agree?

  14. peytonsdick18 says: Jun 19, 2012 9:44 PM

    RGLeaf. IRG3. Troll, troll, troll.

  15. peytonsneck18 says: Jun 19, 2012 10:53 PM

    Akili Smith 2. 0

  16. londonfletcher says: Jun 21, 2012 1:29 PM

    “calzone21411 says:
    Jun 19, 2012 3:46 PM
    never agreed with a single decision Danny Boy has ever made however if he didn’t rip those seats out last year…..local blackout!”

    That’s a joke, right? Must be, because you’re talking about one of the top two grossing teams in the league. That would never happen.

    As a matter of fact, in the DC/Virginia area, the sales of NFL Sunday Ticket are 30% lower than in any other area of the United States, because everybody here is watching the team they want to see, on Fox.

    Ok, I made that last part up, but it sounded good, right?

  17. Matt says: Jun 24, 2012 1:16 AM

    I’m glad I’m not the first person here to mention the deaths and violence associated with standing room seating in European Soccer, before they all switched over to “all-seater” stadiums. Such a concept is a luxury in North American sports that the Jerry Jones’s and Dan Snyder’s of the world do not yet appreciate.

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