The team source said the project was about "enhancing the fan experience" and unrelated to any possible decrease in demand for tickets. The Redskins, who have finished with a winning record only twice since 1999, are attempting to match features of other NFL stadiums, such as those at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas and Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. [WaTimes]
Would the Redskins really rip out seats if they were all sold? No. This has nothing to do with game-day experience. I can understand the Redskins not wanting to do a full on marketing blitz during a lockout, but they missed a golden opportunity to get away with doing just that while also appeasing a rocky fanbase. FAMILY SECTION SEATING.
Many stadiums do it, including the Cleveland Browns. The large number of drunks at Fedex is an epidemic (and that says a lot since I'm tailgating hard all four hours the gates are open). Time and time again I hear of Redskins friends and family avoiding Fedex because of the foul language and fighting. So, why not make that entire end-zone section alcohol-free?
The team is turning around and that would have given many of the Redskins fans out there that are recent Dads a reason to take their kids to games in peace. The idea to put in more standing-room party tickets is a major fail on the fan experience behalf for 3 major reasons:
- Adding more cheap tickets only makes it easier for opposing fans to bus down in droves (Nats Park Nightmares)
- The upper deck standing room encourages MORE drinking. Is there going to be a yellow jacket assigned to each row? Even still. The business model of "get them in the door and make money off concessions" is in play here.
- So, it's just a coincidence standing room tickets don't apply to the sellout record and whether the NFL can blackout a game.