FedExField is located in suburban Maryland, just outside of Washington, D.C. It replaced the team's longtime home RFK Stadium in 1997. RFK Stadium is still home to the MLS's DC United for a couple more years. The late Jack Kent Cooke, former owner of the Washington Redskins, spent the early 1990s looking for a new stadium. Finally a location was found in the town of Landover.
The former owner passed away before truly enjoying his team playing at their new home. The location of the team was also even known by the United States Postal Service as Raljon, Maryland to honor Cooke's sons Ralph and Jon, although it was always technically in the Landover area. Current owner Daniel Snyder ended the usage of the Raljon name a few years back.
FedExField has seen a pretty amazing amount of expansions and reductions in seating capacity in its short lifespan. Entire seating sections have been physically removed from the stadium to reduce capacity. Another recent trend has the team physically removing seats to make standing room only party sections that do not count against blackout rules. The look of the standing room only seats is pretty jarring.
Daniel Snyder has been pretty outspoken that the team needs to be looking for a new stadium to replace FedExField. The future of this stadium is very much in doubt with many people feeling that eventually the team will move back into D.C. That potential move back into the District does warrant a small discussion of the team’s name. Many feel that the name may have to change for D.C. politicians to help pay for any team move or any new facility. Will the controversial name mean that FedExField stay as home to the team longer than is desired? Only time will tell.
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The Redskins have many decent concession stands around the stadium. Most of the stands offer the usual stadium options. The prices are high, but they are pretty much in line with other NFL venues. If you worry about high food costs, your best bet is to eat before game time.
Crab cakes are now served throughout the stadium as are chicken stir-fry and Caribbean Jerk Chicken. Lighter options can be found at Caesar's Vineyard.
My favorite choice is Johnny Rockets along the main concourse and the StubHub Club Level, although the updated 'Skins Dog is pretty tasty as well. The StubHub Club Level also hosts the 280-seat Hooters At FedExField. Some other name brand options around the stadium include Papa John's and D.C.'s well known Ben's Chili Bowl.
The Redskins have a good opportunity to take some of the less appealing parts of the stadium concourse and enhance the food and beverage offerings. The club level has gotten pretty good in terms of food, but the main and upper concourse does seem to be lacking a bit.
The team has set a decent stage for enjoyment of NFL football. Expect the games to be loud inside the walls of the stadium. The fans are knowledgeable about all aspects of the game.
Before you go into the stadium, one should spend some time out with the fans in the massive parking lots. There are some great and welcoming groups scattered around. I love to check out the newly added Red Zone Tailgate Lot to see what some of the most extreme Redskins are cooking up in their pregame preparation.
Once inside the stadium you may be less impressed with some aspects of the physical structure. Some areas are just poorly designed. The stadium is not aging well.
The upper deck seems incredibly too high to enjoy the game. I also found seating sections in the upper deck that you have to go both up AND down set of stairs to find your seat. A former walkway has been filled in with three rows of seating. Doing so has created some navigational issues, in that fans may need to go up and then back down a small set of stairs just to move from one area to another.
The upper deck still has some audio issues. There are areas there where the sound is nearly inaudible. The lower deck still has some obstructed view seats. They do often go for quite low of a price but it is still incredible that a stadium built just one year prior to Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium has the severe design flaws that it does.
Many other parts of the seating bowl are just a bit weird here at FedExField. It opened with 80,000 seats. A few years later, the Redskins added many temporary and permanent seating areas to bring the total seating to over 91,000. Now the stadium is getting smaller, with many seats changed over to standing room only areas to bring the official capacity to 79,000.
The standing room only areas just look strange and out of place. I also found other places where temporary seating has been added to the strangest of locations. The sight of those sections having been removed, as well as the standing room only sections, is pretty jarring.
The Redskins have slowly been adding more of their large history into the stadium's concourse area. They still need to add more of that history and the culture and identity of the team into their stadium design.
The team has also recently added a Season Ticket Holders Wall Of Fame. Names of those who have been season ticket holders from 20 years or more are displayed on a monitor beside some images of current Redskins players. That little feature shows the team has been making strides in the overall atmosphere. They just need to keep it going.
Suburban Landover is not the most exciting neighborhood. FedExField sits in an area surrounded by parking lots. That kind of setting can be good for tailgating, but often means the area is lacking a bit. It would be nice if there could be food, drink and entertainment options located in the area, such as at Philadelphia's Xfinity Live complex. I would love to see something similar, even if they are temporary, game only, locations. Currently, fans who are not tailgate types have very few pregame options.
The closest thing really to the stadium is some newer housing developments as well as being close to the Boulevard at Capital Center shopping center. That center was built where the former Capital Centre Arena was located. I don't see many fans walking the distance between the Boulevard at Capital Center and FedExField.
Luckily Washington D.C. is close by. If you are arriving by Metro, pregame activities are best spent there.
The Foggy Bottom neighborhood is a good option in D.C. as there are still plenty of restaurants to choose from. Burger Tap & Shake, Tonic at Quigley's, Founding Farmers, and the newly opened Beefsteak by Jose Andres seem like good options.
Georgetown is another great option The choices there will astound you, but Martin's Tavern and Georgetown Cupcake will always be a good choice. A few of my favorites away from the GW/Foggy Bottom are Smith Commons, Doi Moi and Bar Charley. A good suggestion is to stop by Bar Charley for some great craft cocktails and walk the few blocks over to Doi Moi to finish up with some great Asian small plates.
And did I mention you are right in the middle of Washington, D.C.? The amount of attractions, museums, restaurants and other sights are astounding. Spend some time pre or postgame seeing the many things around this great city.
The strength of the Redskins is their loyal fans. The fans do deserve better than the often lackluster stadium. The last few years they have been seen as not as exuberant as in the past, but lately the team has stoked the excitement of these deserving fans.
The fans are knowledgeable about the game. Non rivalry games have far less excitement than when the team is playing an NFC East opponent. The best time to go to FedExField is a nationally televised game against the Eagles, Cowboys, or Giants.
FedExField's location close to the Washington Beltway is not usually seen as a positive. This suburban location compounds the traffic nightmares in the area, especially on Monday night games.
The stadium is located far from public transportation and with limited parking alternatives, the stadium can be hard to get to. The opening of the Washington Metro's Morgan Boulevard Station in 2004 gave attendees at least one public transportation option. It is slightly less than one mile away, and there are decent walkways between the station and stadium. Sure, it could be closer, but at least it is an option. The Largo Town Center Station, also on the same Blue line as the Morgan Boulevard Station, is another walkable option, but is far less convenient.
Just make sure you aware of closing times for the Metro if attending a night game. The Metro system has experienced many problems and incidents in recent months, so it is not nearly as reliable as it should. The team has no control of this, but it sure does not help the fans who want to find alternate means to attending the games at FedExField.
There is plenty of parking available around the stadium. The problem has been that it is pricey and has been controlled strictly by the team. There are a few non approved lots to the north of the stadium around Brightseat Road, but that is an exception. If all else fails a visitor can head to the official Gray Lot and get a space for $40 cash.
Starting in 2015 the team made major strides in improving the operations of their lots. Fans are required to enter their designated lots from specific access roads. The idea was to allow for a more efficient entry and exit from the stadium. It seems to have worked.
The cost of an NFL game is expensive. There is no way around it. You do get a good deal, because of the high entertainment value and the extremely high level of competition. The parking is also costly at FedExField and you may not be able to find good options around that cost.
Fans used to have the best luck on the secondary ticket market, but as the team seems to be doing slightly better tickets can still be hard to get. All else fails, one can usually find relatively cheap standing room only tickets available. Just make sure you know that before buying in these areas of the stadium.
The team has one of the few marching bands in the NFL, the Washington Redskins Marching Band. Make sure to catch them perform before the game. The group started in 1937 and according to the team their iconic "Hail to the Redskins" made its debut on Aug. 17, 1938 as the official fight song of the Washington Redskins.
The Washington Redskins Cheerleaders also put on a good show. The group was second in the NFL to the Pittsburgh Steelers in having cheerleaders (The Steelers have since abandoned the cheerleading idea). Originally called the Redskinettes, they have cheered for the team since 1962.
The fans themselves are a great extra. Their exuberance brings a lot to the games. You should also spend some time tailgating with in areas such as the Red Lot before the game. This way you can experience some of their pregame excitement.
FedExField is a purely functional stadium in a less than desireable location. But the Redskins have a strong fan base that makes attending their games better than the physical environment itself allows.
FedEx Field is the home of the NFL's Washington Redskins. This storied franchise has called this stadium home since it opened in 1997. It is one of the largest stadiums in the NFL, with a seating capacity of well over 90,000. It has been called by many the worst stadium on the East Coast, which is a bit unfair, what with RFK Stadium (which, for my money, is the worst stadium on Earth) being on the East Coast and all. It's not so much that it's bad, per se; there just isn't much good about it.
Fed Ex Field opened in August of 1997. It is the second largest stadium in the NFL, with a capacity of just under 92,000.
While I enjoyed visiting a new NFL stadium, the experience is not much to write home about. If you're not a Redskins fan, a trip to Fed Ex Field isn't likely to impress. Fed Ex Field shouldn't be on the "must visit" list, but it's not necessarily a bad place to watch a game either. Overall, I would rate it as an average experience.
Now that I visited the New Meadowlands Stadium, I can honestly say FedEx Field is better. I'm a big football fan, I love to Hail to the Redskins. That's a great fight song. When the Redskins do well, it makes for a great atomosphere. I heard they redid the scoreboards, if that's true then this place is tremendous. That was a pet peeve of mine.
I've been there 9 times and I'm planning to be there again on October 10th against the Packers to make it a perfect 10.
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Worst stadium in the NFL. Overpriced, no character, terrible traffic, greedy owner. I wouldn't go here again.
A professional sports stadium should offer a wonderful, enjoyable fan experience, regardless of who won.
Having recently experienced my 1st visit to this stadium, I was amazed as to how poor the conditions are for the fans, at least in the nosebleed section. The audio system is deplorable: almost everything comes thru inaudible. You might pick up 1 or 2 words, just enough make you struggle to hear more but it is a cruel joke for the fan who struggles to hear what everyone in the stadium has learned but never does. With today's technology, the question is "Why?" and this same question can be repeated for each point discussed here,
Audio/visual in the concession area: As I stood in line for a snack, I pondered how this might be the only place on earth where sound is faster than light. You HEAR the audio BEFORE you see the delayed broadcast on the monitors.
Come on. I frequent Oriole Park in Camden Yards and, no matter where you experience the game, the AV system is in sync with real time.
Watching the Skins & Dallas play for the div. title on prime time TV, I see deep, muddy skid marks in the turf and all the symptoms leading up to these conditions that have caused player injuries. There was no rain; it was clear. What it did remind me of fields I played on in scholastic sports 40 years ago.
Look, if Foxboro or Lambeau can come up great playing conditions for the players as well as the entire audience, including TV, why can't the stadium of our nation's capital (and in a less-challenging weather / environment) be on par with the rest of the world?
Parking has already been addressed. No answers but this whole thing begins to smell of politics and money.
The fans ... are polite but lacked the festive rowdiness that the Ravens fans live for each Sunday. Yea, you guessed it, I'm from Baltimore and this is a culture thing. What it will be will be ... and "on any given Sunday."
But all of us who paid out of their own pocket deserve the same quality level of experience, no matter what the price or where they sit. These are all equal, "out-of-pocket" dollars that were earned and spent.
Bottom line: Fedex Stadium fails to clear the minimum level of acceptance for fans and visitors. And that's wrong.
I really liked my visit to FedEx Field.
The stadium is quite away from the city of Washington and the parking near the stadium is quite expensive so if you are looking to save money then get there early and prepare yourself for a walk. There is a lot of people tailgating, fans are welcoming and good humoured for the most part, the only real issue being that there is just a big parking area and not a designated tailgate area, so you have a lot of fans tailgating but they are spread out quite widely among parked and discarded cars which takes away from the usual NFL tailgating atmosphere.
The stadium itself is pretty impressive, its large, my tickets were reasonable and there is a good level of noise produced. On the day I attended a game an escalator was broken entering the stadium causing a long line, those around me reassured me this was not a one off but a regular issue since the stadium opened.
Once in the stadium I was impressed, there was a decent selection of places to eat including some stalls unique to the area which is nice as a visiting fan as you don't just have the usual burger and hot dog. There was never really a long line for drinks or food and the staff were very polite and helpful.
I had a fairly cheap ticket for the game in the upper tier but the stadium is well banked and so we had a great view of the game but if you have an issue with heights you may not enjoy it.
I really liked FedEx field, from the local fans I spoke to there is the feeling that the stadium could use some investment and maybe a change of ownership (watching the "marching band" play from some designated seats in the crowd was a fairly perplexing moment) but as a venue for a game it was very enjoyable.
Taking transit to the stadium saves on the parking charge but it is a long walk. The stadium is fairly boring on the main concourse, with few amenities other than concessions. The club level is great though, although very crowded at halftime. Fans are passionate and enjoy the game. There are a few bars nearby just over the highway. Great tailgating atmosphere before the game.
After over 7 years of living in the DC area and hearing fans complain about FedEx, I finally made it out here for Monday Night Football. The walk from the Metro is indeed long, but not unbearable. When you finally make it to the grounds, you're greeted by a pleasant-looking building, and the (very) distant views of the Washington monuments on the way up to the cheap seats are a nice bonus.
The food wasn't cheap, but not as expensive as I assumed it would be. Halftime was enough time for me to hit the men's room and the concession stand and make it back to my seat in time for the kickoff return, which says something nice about the way this place is run.
While I wouldn't say DC sports (or music) fans are the most passionate overall, the football fans seem to be the exception to the rule. They love and support their team, but didn't give me too hard of a time for wearing an Eagles jersey. The verdict: An above-average experience when I expected a below-average one. Worth the trip!
Jack Kent Cooke is a legend in the Washington, DC metro area. As an owner of the hometown Redskins for over 30 years, his team won three Super Bowls while playing their home games in RFK Stadium. In 1996, ground was broken on a new stadium in suburban Maryland that would bear his name. At a cost of $250 million and a capacity of over 80,000, the new stadium would allow 25 percent more fans to get their hands on the hottest ticket in town. Unfortunately, Mr. Cooke passed away before the stadium that bore his name opened in time for the 1997 NFL season.
New ownership, led by Daniel Snyder, bought the team shortly after Mr. Cooke’s death and sold the naming rights to Federal Express. The stadium has gone through multiple seat expansions (and reductions) over the years, and now holds a capacity of 85,000 on game day. While the Redskins are able to pack more fans into their stadium, they haven’t been able to replicate the atmosphere and titles they had at RFK.
The late Jack Kent Cooke, former owner of the Washington Redskins, spent the early 1990s looking for a new stadium. Finally a location was found in suburban Prince George’s County, Maryland in the town of Landover.
The former owner passed away before truly enjoying his team playing at their new home. The location of the team was also even known by the United States Postal Service as Raljon, Maryland to honor Cooke’s sons Ralph and Jon, although it was always technically in the Landover area. Current owner Daniel Snyder ended the usage of the Raljon name a few years back.
FedExField replaced Washington, DC’s RFK Stadium. RFK was not generally regarded as the best NFL stadium, but it had a certain sense of character. FedExField has so far not had the feel or character that the Redskins enjoyed in the past.
FedExField has seen a pretty amazing amount of expansions and reductions in seating capacity in its short lifespan. Entire seating sections have been physically removed from the stadium to reduce capacity. Another recent trend has the team physically removing seats to make standing room only “party” sections that do not count against blackout rules. The look of the standing room only seats is pretty jarring.
Daniel Snyder has been pretty outspoken that the team needs to be looking for a new stadium to replace FedExField. The future of this stadium is very much in doubt, as is this location that is unpopular with most everyone.
The biggest shock I had as a first time guest to FedExField was how old the stadium felt. Opened in 1997, it seemed like a stadium opened possibly two decades earlier. It is shocking to consider that it is only one year older than Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium. The concourses are dark and dreary. It has modern touches, such as the wider public areas and numerous food stands of a newer facility, but still never felt like a place that opened five years AFTER the groundbreaking Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Wandering the concourses brought back memories of long gone places such as Veterans Stadium, The Kingdome and Candlestick Park. That is not a good thing.
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