Washington D.C. is an often divisive place. Politics take center stage, and tensions run high. But Washingtonians have found at least one place where they can set aside their partisan differences and celebrate together. Of course, they have to leave D.C. to get there. FedExField, home of the Washington Redskins, draws people from all over the D.C. metro area. Fans don burgundy and gold and pack into the stadium to cheer wildly and celebrate as one. If you’re visiting the DMV (Delaware, Maryland, Virginia) area, be sure to stop into FedExField for a game.
At A Glance:
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Who: FedExField is home to the Washington Redskins.
Where: FedExField is located in Landover, Maryland.
The original home of the Washington Redskins was in Washington D.C. proper at the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium. When it came time to rebuild, Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke wanted to keep the team in D.C., but because of parking constraints and failed contract negotiations, he was forced to settle on a location in adjacent Maryland. Cooke passed away shortly before the stadium was constructed, and the team was purchased by Daniel Snyder. In November of 1999, Federal Express purchased naming rights of Jack Kent Cooke Stadium for $7.6 million per year. After the 2010 season, the Redskins removed 6,000 seats from the upper end zones to create standing room only “Party Decks” above the end zones. Another 6,000 seats were removed in 2011, bringing the stadium to its current capacity of 79,000 seats.
FedExField is a popular destination for concerts. The Rolling Stones have performed there twice (in 1997 and again in 2002). Other notable artists to grace the field with their talent are Paul McCartney, U2, Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, Guns ‘N Roses, Coldplay, and Bruce Springsteen.
- From 2004-2010, FedExField had the largest stadium capacity in the NFL at 91,000 seats. Today, the stadium seats 79,000 people.
- Before he passed away, Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke legally had the stadium site named Raljon (after the first names of his two sons: Ralph and John). Raljon was a legal alternative to the zip code 20785. When Daniel Snyder bought the team from the Cooke estate, he reverted back to the old address.
- FedExField hosts the annual Prince George’s Classic college football game.
- The stadium cost $250.5 million to build.
- FedExField has never had a blackout game since 1972 (when broadcasts of home games were banned throughout the NFL).
There are five levels at FedExField, and two of them house luxury suites. The Lower Level Suites and Upper Level Suites are located on the floors between the club level and the upper level. Between the two suite levels, FedExField houses 243 luxury suites. Additionally, the field offers 15,044 club seats.
Another premium seating option is The Dream Seats. After Daniel Snyder purchased the Redskins, he added five rows of “Dream Seats” in front of what was originally the first row of the lower level. The Dream Seats extend down almost as far as the level of the field.
Food & Drinks:
Levy, the gourmet food provider for high-profile sports stadiums across the U.S., has been the exclusive vendor for FedExField’s suites and club levels since 2014. As of the 2017 season, they are taking over all of the concessions for the entire stadium.
Some fan favorites at FedExField include Loaded Mac & Cheese Bowls, pulled pork sandwiches, Maryland crab soup, Johnny Rockets, Hooters, and buffalo chicken sausages. If you’re in the mood for something extremely hearty, try The Waffle Mac, a bacon-cheddar sausage sandwiched between mac and cheese waffles.
What To Do When You Visit:
Take a Tour: Tours at FedExField are available by appointment only on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 11:00 a.m. To qualify for a tour, your group must have at least 20 paying adults. Tours are between 60-90 minutes depending on the number of people in attendance and the parts of the stadium that are available for viewing at tour time. A typical tour includes the StubHub Club Level, owner’s club suites, press box, dance studio, interview room, Redskins’ locker room, and the edge of the playing field.
Tailgate: Tailgate is a time-honored tradition at FedExField. Parking lots open for tailgating four hours before kickoff. Celebrate responsibly!
Attend the Capital Beer Classic: Though not on it’s annual calendar, FedExField occasionally hosts the Capital Beer Classic. The stadium welcomes an array of breweries onto the playing field to showcase their new brews. Adults ages 21 and over are welcome to attend.
- Take the Metro: Just take the Blue or Silver Lines to the Morgan Boulevard Metro Station. Turn left onto Garrett Morgan Boulevard and follow the sidewalk for less than a mile to FedExField.
- Stadium parking is available for purchase in advance of game day.
- Cash parking is available off of Brightseat Road in the Gray Lot.
- Uber is the official ride-share partner of the Washington Redskins. Uber Pick-Up and Drop-Off is located at the Prince George County Sports & Learning Complex adjacent to the FedExField parking lots
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