More seats removed from FedEx Field

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Not long ago, more than 200,000 people were waiting to purchase season tickets at FedEx Field. Now, the team is waiting for them to come back.

In the interim, Washington has reduced the capacity of its home stadium three times in five years. According to Dan Steinberg and Scott Allen of the Washington Post, “thousands” have seats once again have been ripped out of the venue that once was the biggest in the league.

Via Steinberg and Allen, the team said in a statement that the changes are “part of an overall plan based on season ticket holder feedback,” and that details will be unveiled shortly. Steinberg and Allen estimate that another 6,000 seats have been removed. For 2014, capacity at FedEx Field was listed at 85,000.

With the blackout policy suspended for 2015 (and presumably gone forever), it’s no longer as important to shrink stadium size to intersect with demand. But if the demand has taken a permanent dip given the gap between the experience of watching the game at home and venturing to a venue that looks and feels a lot older than 18, it makes sense to shrink capacity, in advance of imploding the whole thing.

47 responses to “More seats removed from FedEx Field

  1. The goal is to push the audience closer to the field. It makes the camera guy’s job easier. It makes the stadium look desirable. Empty seats don’t push ticket sales.

  2. I’m beginning to wonder if you jump to the front of the line to post Redskins stories so you can force your name-change agenda on your unfortunate readers and come up with creative ways to use the term “Washington” (often grammatically incorrect).

  3. I’m pretty sure that the actual season ticket holder feedback was to replace the playing surface so that their star quarterback doesn’t wreck his knee again.

    So the front office translated that into a need for ripping out those particular season ticket holder seats.

  4. Two years ago I travelled to DC during my mid-your from Afghanistan to watch my beloved Redskins beat the Bears. It was my first FEDEX Field game and I was not impressed with the venue nor the local area. That being said, the RFK experience is missed and Snyder and DC politicians are working behind the scenes to get the Redskins back in DC. And no, don’t be silly, their team name won’t be changing in our lifetime nor will it hamper any stadium efforts. Hail to the Redskins…..bleeding burgundy and gold from the womb to the tomb.

  5. The removal of seats is about the perceived value of premium seats and maintaining demand for them. If general admission seats are viewed as a scarce resource, then the demand for club seating, which is not shared revenue, increases. Having the illusion of a long wait list for season tickets is designed to drive demand for premium seats. Has nothing to do with the blackout policy. Redskins don’t sell individual game tickets to begin with other than through the secondary ticket market.

  6. I got a great idea! Let’s remove most of the seats and install metal detectors at the gate!

  7. The games are strictly public events for dc socialites. The product on the field only matters to the real fans.

    Snyder and Allen are complete dirtbags.

    Priority #1 once they give up on griffin should be to relocate the team from Landover back near RFK where the true fans can have the games be both accessible and hopefully somewhat more affordable

  8. Now if they can use all that added space to replace the remaining seats with outdoor overstuffed recliners and have complimentary beer runners to all seats regardless of ticket cost, maybe they can get the old fans back!

  9. Its official, the Washington team is the worst franchise in the league and have finally beat out the Vikings for that prize.

    Hilarious

  10. Could be adding more party decks they have been a big hit with the fans. Not just removing seats to make the place smaller that’s for sure Snyder inherited a big terms of a stadium and has spent upwards of 50 million just renovating it to help with the fan experience. Biggest issue is location and access but again that was inherited. I don’t see why he gets such a bad rap he is a die hard skins fan that made enough money to buy his favorite team and will spend anything and do anything to win. If he was all about the money like people say he wouldn’t fight to the death over their name hell the easy thing to do is change the name and sell all new jerseys and merchandise think about all the cash he would make doing that but the team and the tradition is more important to him! I love the guy personally and I am a fan and a season ticket holder and I bet whatever you want the stadium he actually builds himself will be the best in the NFL no if ands or buts!!! HTTR and to the best owner in football!

  11. Still trying to figure out how the ‘Skins consider their colors Burgandy and Gold?
    Packers claim Green and Gold as well?

    Yellow is yellow. Gold is gold.

    SF and NOLA are definitely Gold.

  12. Snyder is an embarrassment to Redskin Organization and it’s fans.

    It’s shameful how poorly he has treated (and gouged) the Redskin Fanbase.

  13. The NFL plateaued a couple seasons back. The Goodell era has been nothing but one naked cash grab after another while marginalizing its core fanbase and disgusting the causal fans with a continuous comedy of errors off the field. If THAT wasn’t bad enough Goodell and his masters completely destroyed the best working relationship between a sport and players union that actual intelligent men like Upshaw and Tags kept up like a well oiled machine. Even worse than even that, the league’s transparently laughable lies about how much they really really care about player safety has parents steering their kids toward soccer fields instead of football fields. The NFL has started the slow and gradual decline into a niche sport while all the kids growing up playing soccer will turn the MLS league into the biggest sport in the country.

    Don’t think it can happen? As MLB what happened when the kids grew up playing football more than baseball. Let’s all thank Goodell for the fair and steady job he’s done earning the respect of players and fans alike while securing the long term future of the NFL*

    *Obvious sarcasm is obviously sarcasm.

  14. It’s about creating a good atmosphere. The stadium was way to big for any team, successful or not.

  15. While personally I appreciate the gesture. No good deed goes unpunished. Most dwellers in reality wouldn’t even notice that whoever, wrote whatever, about an NFL franchise, only using the cities name. What that suggests to me is there exists a faction, however large that may be, that is so petty, that when they passed being tone deaf, the willful ignorance that packed their bags forgot to inform them that they would be overcome with compulsion to prove how asinine they can be every chance they get. Imagine such an existence. At least we have the name change to look forward too.

  16. Snyder and Goodell want a standing ovation. Removing the seats is their best chance.

  17. No, the Vikings, Eagles, Falcons, Cardinals, Panthers, Jags, Titans, Lions, Bengals, Chargers, Bills and Texans are actually the worst franchises in this league. Win something before you go talking clown boy. I am a ravens fan, but I have love for DC, last time I checked, the Redskins have three championships. Got Rings?

  18. Unfortunately, I’m a fan.

    FedEx is an awful stadium in an awful and inconvenient part of maryland. Any game there is an awful experience. The overpriced concessions are awful, the traffic is awful, the cell service is awful, the bum-rush to leave is awful and the traffic is awful.

    Fans are expected to endure all this awfulness and pay top-tier ticket prices and parking pass prices just to watch an awful owner field an awful team year after year.

    This is in a town where you can watch a winning baseball team in a great stadium with great concessions and seats that cost about 1/8th the cheapest seats at FedEx.

    Or I can just sit at home, eat my own food, drink my excellent craft beer, enjoy my perfect 55″ HD view, and there’s never a line for my clean bathroom.

  19. If the Redskins would make the playoffs they would have no problem filling those seats.
    Well run teams make money.

  20. Went to FedEx last season to watch my ‘Hawks beat the Redskins on Monday night football. Without a doubt it was the worst NFL stadium I have ever been too.

    A huge soulless building plopped down in the middle of a depressed, crime infested area.

    They really need to demolish it and build something smaller inside DC.

  21. As other Redskins fans can attest, it is much more enjoyable to watch from home than to watch from those nose bleed seats they ripped out. Hopefully other teams will do the same.

  22. Fixing the field and fixing the product on the field are going to go a lot farther in boosting attendance than blackouts and perceived scarcity.

  23. socalskins says:

    The removal of seats is about the perceived value of premium seats and maintaining demand for them. If general admission seats are viewed as a scarce resource, then the demand for club seating, which is not shared revenue, increases. Having the illusion of a long wait list for season tickets is designed to drive demand for premium seats. Has nothing to do with the blackout policy. Redskins don’t sell individual game tickets to begin with other than through the secondary ticket market.
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    socalskins is right; why buy season tickets when you can pay face value or less on the secondary market to 4 or 5 games a year? It used to be (now I sound old) that season ticket holders could go to every game they wanted to and sell the rest at a profit. Maybe it the team had been better the last 20 years all those seats would be full.

  24. In the year 2020 the stadium will have 17 seats lined up right behind the Skins bench, and 40,000 lined up behind the visiting teams bench. I have lived in the DC area for about 12 years now, and I dont see a lot of love for the team. It could be the fact that they havent been good for 20 years. But driving around the area, there are more fans of the Cowboys, Giants Eagles, and Steelers than there are of the Redskins (I dont mean add up the Cowboys, Giants, Eagles and Steelers fan, I mean each of those teams has more fans). Factor int he band wagon jumpers in the area and that doesnt help the local team either. 5 years ago I have never seen a Seahawks fan in DC, now they are everywhere. Point is, for the last 5+ seasons (especially after week 6 when the team is already done), the visiting teams have played a home game in Landover MD

  25. I don’t know how the state of Washington is involved at all. The Redskins are the ones making the changes.

  26. I am a former (key word) season ticket holder and I stopped buying for many of the reasons listed above.

    The reality of it is that Snyder thought he could waltz in and just handle the fans instead of consider them. He took advantage of generations of good will that was built up and essentially flushed it down the toilet. Bad teams, poor stadium experience and no real improvements to the infrastructure around the stadium all combine for me no longer even going to the one game per season I used to after ditching my season tickets.

  27. I’m an Eagles fan but I’ll be honest. I think it has as much to with the poor set up of the stadium as it does the lack of fans showing up. Redskins games are nearly always sold out. The fact is there’s literally no elbow room at Fed Ex field. The only time I have been there was McNabb’s 1st home game vs the Eagles. Which I think was before the changes. The place was packed like sardines.

    So them taking out seats to make a more fan friendly place is a good thing. Like you said there is no incentive to sellout the stadium anymore. So they could have just left it be. It would have been cheaper. Instead they have been tearing out the seats and reorangizing the sections. Which makes me believe the main reason they decided to go that route was to enhance the game day experience for ticket holders.

    They deserve recognition for that not taunts.

  28. In a letter to ticket holders it was explained as a way to make it more of a true home game. Place was gettin like Glendale, couldn’t tell who was playing at home

  29. seahawkshurtpeople says:
    Jun 2, 2015 8:48 AM
    Went to FedEx last season to watch my ‘Hawks beat the Redskins on Monday night football. Without a doubt it was the worst NFL stadium I have ever been too.

    A huge soulless building plopped down in the middle of a depressed, crime infested area.

    They really need to demolish it and build something smaller inside DC.
    ________________________________________
    Im a REDSKINS fan, and I agree. Ive done the opposite of seahawkshurtpeople, and watched my Redskins beat the Seahawks in 2011 in Seattle….the game day experience in Seattle is so superior to going to FedEx Field its not even funny. I dont mind the actual stadium, but its in a horrible place, its verrry hard to get in and out of, and its too big. HTTR.

  30. I’m confused, the author of this piece says “Washington” but the tags he used for this same piece say “Washington Redskins”

  31. If the Redskins NFL Football team get going in the right direction, seating won’t be a problem. That said, a lot of seats stink anyway I don’t understand who sits in those seats to watch ants play. The Redskins Stadium, sponsored by FedEx, was too big to begin with.

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