Aerial photos show all the seats removed from FedEx Field

Washington owner Dan Snyder has made no secret of the fact his stadium’s too big.

But rather than wait for somebody to build him a shiny, new, smaller one, he’s carving into the one he already occupies.

Via the Washington Post, aerial photographs show a pretty extreme carving into the upper deck of FedEx Field, marking the third time in the last five years they’ve removed seats there.

Snyder’s team used to boast about a waiting list of 200,000 to get tickets, but that’s clearly not the case any longer, as they continue to peck away at capacity (which was listed at 85,000 last year).

For years, the Jaguars were subject to mockery for the tarps which covered unused sections of seats, but that’s no longer an issue there. Maybe Snyder’s planning on using some of the real estate around the top of the stadium for a pool of his own.

Photo credit: @SKNats1 on Twitter

57 responses to “Aerial photos show all the seats removed from FedEx Field

  1. I think we are going to be seeing a lot of empty seats as prices continue to rise and wages continue to stagnant across the country. People can’t afford games anymore and even if they can, it’s better on TV most of the time. Why do you think the NFL has been so aggressive in expanding overseas lately? The American dollar is tapped too hard already. The NFL vampire needs fresh blood.

  2. I thought they got rid of the black-out rules? There’s no longer any need to cut down on the number of seats so the percentage looks good.

  3. In other words, they don’t foresee RG3 taking big steps forward this year, otherwise they would expect attendance to spike.

    Sack up and pay for your own Stadium in DC like Jerry Jones did in Dallas.

    Why should Maryland tax payers pay for another stadium for you?

  4. That whole waiting list thing was a complete lie. Signed up assuming it would take a good couple of years; they called me within three months. I declined.

    I am a little bummed about the removal of the standing room “party decks.” Those were a lot of fun, and 100% rowdy (in a good way) for the playoff game against the Hawks. You could bang on the metal to make some noise; was a lot of fun.

  5. It’s been hard enough to watch my team consistently get beat down on tv the past few years. I can see why tickets have gone unsold. The fans are seen as atm machines, it’s just not a great experience to go to a game anymore

  6. Why should Maryland tax payers pay for another stadium for you?

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    People forget that JKC built that crap fest wth his own money and also built the PG County Rec center with his own money. JKC also signed that absurd lease to get a lower tax rate.

    Snyder inherited all of that.

  7. The Redskins and other teams should remove some seats and make the current ones bigger. The fan experience would be more enjoyable if you didn’t have to swap arm sweat with everyone sitting next to you.

  8. If you build it, they will come….. Right, Danny boy?

    However, this is the 4skins and Snyder we are talking about.

    Next to be on the way out will be fans when the 2015 season proves to be another disappointment.

    Well done, Danny boy. Well done.

  9. “Snyder’s team used to boast about a waiting list of 200,000 to get tickets,”

    Did they use the same method as the Saints with their “wait list” for season tickets.

    AKA… A gigantic list of email addresses that is more or less meaningless.

  10. At the end of last season while donating stuff to Goodwill I saw someone donate their remaining season tickets and parking passes. Completely true. Smart I guess since you could get a game ticket for about $10 by then so they’d rather take the tax write off at full face value than go to the game or sell for $10.

  11. Here is a team that could go to LA no forget that idea two easy wins a year for the G-Men

  12. People forget that JKC built that crap fest wth his own money and also built the PG County Rec center with his own money. JKC also signed that absurd lease to get a lower tax rate.

    Snyder inherited all of that.
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    Redskins fans forget that the State of Maryland paid for $75 million in road and infrastructure improvements for that mess, so Jack Kent Crook got some help.

  13. I find it laughable that the NFL talks about all the demand for their sport, yet teams are downsizing their Stadiums left and right. Browns took out plenty of seats last year, the Redskins are doing the same, the Jags started the trend. Of course these 3 teams are garbage every year, which may have something to do with it.

    If I were the owners thats not a good trend and Goodell is turning off fans everyday due to being a dummy and the shadiness and corruptnesd of the Commissioner and the League Office and frankly owners.

    Its always mgmt that screws things up, not the players

  14. So they claim to have 85,000 people on a waiting list for tickets but are removing seats because the stadium is too big? Yeah. Right.

    If they could sell those seats they would.

  15. If you are on a waiting list, you aren’t forced to buy crappy seats if they are the only seats available. IOW, you can say “no” but remain on the waiting list until decent seats are available. That’s how you can have a waiting list AND unsold seats.

    So, why would you eliminate crappy seats? Two reasons: 1.) they probably count as inventory that can be taxed, and 2.) they create a bad perception of the team. The Redskins don’t need that.

  16. I like the idea that the poster above made about expanding the size of seats. In stadium wi-fi won’t get me to go but installing 50,000 recliners….you might be onto something.

  17. edukator4 says:
    Jun 23, 2015 9:19 AM
    20 years is the shelf life of a stadium now?

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    Apparently. The Rams’ stadium is 20 years old and Kroenke isn’t happy with it.

    With stadium costs in LA estimated at $1.7 billion (which means it will easily be over $2 billion), it’s a really tough pill to swallow for fans who are still paying for one stadium to fund another. Hell, Seattle only recently finished paying for the demolition of the Kingdome.

    Owners and the NFL need to recognize (though they won’t) that they will only alienate fans by playing games with things like moving franchises and whining about wanting public money to fund new stadiums.

    Right now only Oakland and San Diego – both of which have been trying to get new stadiums for decades – really have any room to complain. But the public has wised up, the stadium boom of the last ~25 years is over, and the owners need to look to other sources to fund their projects.

  18. Washington owner Dan Snyder
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    He doesn’t own Washington. No one does.

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  19. Redskins fans forget that the State of Maryland paid for $75 million in road and infrastructure improvements for that mess, so Jack Kent Crook got some help.

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    That’s factually incorrect. Technically, FedEx Field pays nothing in property tax throughout their lease because they pre-funded the state with $109M (about 60% of property taxes throughout the lease) with $72M seed money for transportation. $20M in infrastructure development and $17M to WMATA for building a Metro stop near the stadium.

  20. “Leave the 400 level seats…. Remove the 200 level seats that are right behind a concrete pillar that you charged me $115 for last season.” Said 1 Blogger

    The same happened to me except I paid 275$ for those same exact seats @ Skinz vs. Boyz, NFC East Championship game 3 seasons ago. I’m just saying Mr. Snyder should be ashamed of himself for those seating arrangements.

  21. What a bigger sign of admitted failure then ripping seats out of your own barn? Snyder has created a mess in Washington and this is admitting no light is at the end of the tunnel.

  22. The Redskins owner is just getting rid of the bad ones. This of course drives up demand and then the inflated prices of the existing seats make up the difference. The Redskins owner is a business man, who happens to own the Redskins football team.

  23. The Stadium is a mess because the stadium was rushed to be built because JKC wanted to see it standing before he passed away. This messed could have been avoided if the stadium had been built in DC a couple of years earlier and if Sharon Pratt Kelly hadn’t called him a bully.

  24. The whole experience at that stadium sucks. Parking, mass transit, everything. They’ll get a new stadium – tear down RFK and build a nice new stadium near metro etc. Of course if you want a great fan experience just come on up I95 to M&T Stadium and see a real football team.

  25. Snyder’s long-term vision is known to a few…quid pro quo…new stadium in wash dc…not in suburbs…in the city..funded largely by public money…

    …and Washington changes its name from redskins to something else.

    that is Snyder’s valuation of the name change…

    a new stadium

  26. Little Danny exaggerate about the waiting list? Did anyone see that coming?

  27. “He doesn’t own Washington. No one does.”

    There are a lot of lobbyists who would say otherwise.

  28. Seems like the haters have forgotten Scot McCloughan is the Skins new GM and has changed the teams. He turned the 49ers and Seahawks who were bigger messes then the Skins are no one can deny that.

  29. atthemurph says:
    Jun 23, 2015 2:07 PM

    And the Packers just added thousands of seats to become the 2nd largest stadium and still have a 30+ yr waiting list….

    Yep….but the problem is it’s Green Bay.

  30. thetooloftools says: Jun 23, 2015 1:17 PM

    What a bigger sign of admitted failure then ripping seats out of your own barn? Snyder has created a mess in Washington and this is admitting no light is at the end of the tunnel.

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    Oh, there’s light at the end of the tunnel. It’s in the form of an oncoming train.

  31. overatedselfpromoter, the aluminum benchs have been there since Lambeau opened but nice try.

    Anyhow, how about you put a good team in that stadium Mr. Snyder and I think the fans will come back.

  32. The Cleveland Browns last won an NFL Championship in 1964. The Washington Redskins last won in 1991. Both will tell you how awesome they used to be.

    How long until the ‘Skins fans realize they are a newer Browns playing in a newer Cleveland Stadium? Too big, too run down and host to a bad, bad team run by people with no clue.

  33. Most teams that are not in completely ideal locations are going to start having problems – simple issue is football works amazingly well on TV. Yeah sure, it’s fun to be at the game, but the 2 hours + it takes in most markets to get from your home to the stadium and the 2 hours + it takes to get home, mixed with $30 parking, $12 beers, $8 hot dogs… well for many they’d love to be in the stadium, but the trade-off in terms of time and money doesn’t equal the drop in entertainment from just watching the game at home.

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