Until the Dallas Cowboys opened their new stadium in 2009, the Redskins had the largest capacity stadium in the league – seating approximately 91,000. Now it is said that they are removing anywhere between 4,000-10,000 seats, based on permit regulations. The seats being removed are the seats in the upper-bowl area above each endzone. These seats are I like to call them are affordable.
I am a fan who has always sat in the bleeders. Even when I could afford to sit lower, I have gone for the bargain and sat with the common folk. The die-hard fans who like to stand throughout the game and stand up to the rowdy road fans who crept their way in. What does this mean for us?
I think it means much of the same. If you watch Redskin home games, it doesn’t take a microscope to see that the upper bowl is consistently empty. Why? It could be the season ticket holders don’t go, the seats don’t get re-sold, or something else. In any case, it creates a weird void up top. Could it be that these party decks, which are proposed to be installed in place of the general admission seats, could be the cheap alternative for those who just want to booze up and make noise during a game? Perhaps it is.
Another theory is perhaps Fed-Ex would like to stuff its pants with more inflatable numbers to pad their attendance stats and continue to grow the legend of the waiting list that is now 600 years old.
So what’s the explaination?
Spoke to a Redskins source for a story…on the party deck saga. Among many things “We thought it was an amenity people would like, for the least desired seats in the club and general admission decks.”
The same Washington Redskins source says “Once we put the platforms back in, capacity will go up. If we do two [decks] we will be adding several thousand back.”
As for the criticism that the removal of general admission seats was because of an inability to sell tickets, The Washington Redskins source says “No — it’s a different use of the space to hopefully improve the fan experience, WE WILL BE SOLD OUT.”
The Washington Redskins source says about the doubts of a ‘made up’ season ticket list & why they chose this route. “We did not want to go to our season ticket wait list, prior to the lockout, with a choice of having to pay us money, or lose their spot on the wait list. We didn’t think that was fair.”
There you have it.
(Man, this lockout really stinks)