Hey all, sorry if this is the wrong place to post something like this. I am hoping to get some advice from Redskins fans about attending a game as a supporter of the opposing team.
I've only been to two different NFL stadiums before, and have had vastly different experiences at each of them. I've been a season ticket holder of the San Diego Chargers for the past few years and never miss a game. I usually take my two kids, my son aged 4, and daughter who is 10. Besides our annual match with the Raiders, it is a great family atmosphere not only for Charger fans but for folks supporting the opposite team. As San Diego is a city with a large transplant population, there is always a good percentage of the crowd supporting the other team. If a team with a large national following is playing (like the Packers, Steelers, or Cowgirls) the crowd can be split pretty close to 50/50. Lots of kids and families from both sides, and the trash talk is kept playful and rarely personal.
My experiences in Oakland have been drastically different. Almost entirely a home crowd, and fans have been extremely hostile. Despite keeping my mouth shut and comments to myself, I at a minimum have been verbally abused, have had stuff thrown at me, and even physically threatened just for wearing a Chargers jersey. This is a tough environment for a grown man, and I'd never dream of subjecting my kids or wife to it.
So I'm curious to get some input and advice from Redskins fans. My family will be in DC visiting during the time of the Redskins-Chargers matchup, and I plan on attending. My kids are huge fans too and will be devasted not to go with me, but I'd rather they be disappointed than put them in an unhealthy situation.
Thanks for any feedback you can provide.