The gist: there are a great deal of issues with FedEx and in some cases I would argue that you're better off staying home with a big HDTV (particularly preseason games and MNF/SNF b/c of the drunks), but the experience of watching the team live (hopefully they'll win more than 3 at home this season) is worth the effort, not counting the fun you have tailgating and spending time with friends/family.I'll be anxious to see your take
Then you start running gestapo type tactics at FedEx when fans wish to show their displeasure by bringing in signs and wearing t-shirts calling for Snyder and Cerrato to be fired and that they are "dumb and dumber".
FedEx Field/Ticket Office: First the TO pissed me off when they talked of upgrades to those who renewed their tickets ("first come first serve, so renew early" the guy at the TO told me), yet few were upgraded unless they called to complain. It's one thing if the Skins didn't have any open seats a few rows below me to give out (that's all I really wanted), but that was not the case at all. What really made me mad was that I know fans who had given up their tickets 1-2 years ago in better spots than I and were offered (in some cases begged) by the Skins to come back and offered their seats back or an upgrade. I also know that some folks coming off the season ticket list got better seats than people who have been season ticket holders (like me) for years. There just doesn't seem to be a rhyme or reason to how the TO works and nobody wants to explain anything either.
Then we read the reports from The Washington Post about how the Skins TO sold GA and premium seats to scalpers (aka "ticket brokers") in 2008. In particular, this was partially responsible for the massive wave of Steeler fans that showed up on MNF in 2008. This and the deal with Stub Hub pretty much FedEx a place where there is no home field advantage.
I also have significant issue with the message the Skins are trying to send to fans at FedEx. They have warnings during and before the games about Redskin fans being mean/disruptive/unruly to opposing team fans, but nothing like this to THE OPPOSING TEAM FANS. So they can be total ***holes, eh? Also, it seems like the staff has been told to treat the opposing fans better than the Redskin fans. I have no source to confirm this, but that's the feeling I get when I go to FedEx. You go to M&T and you know you're in the Raven's house. Not so at FedEx.
I have another post coming up about my complaints on FedEx, so I'll leave this topic for now.
At home, the Skins were a lousy 3-5 and an even worse 1-7 on the road. Ideally, if you want to make the playoffs you need to have a 10-6 record or better (yeah, 9-7 and 8-8 has gotten teams in but 10-6 most likely will get you a playoff berth). In that 10-6 record, you should be at least 6-2 at home. No other sport seems to have a better home field advantage than football......and the Skins just don't seem to have one at FedEx.
That's what it is for me. My Redskins tailgate family are the bestest!the experience of watching the team live (hopefully they'll win more than 3 at home this season) is worth the effort, not counting the fun you have tailgating and spending time with friends/family.
Trust me LSF, that's was my original thoughts when I was a STH in my first year (2004) and as many of you know from the old ES days how much I've dreamed of having a 12th man that rivals the days of RFK. I still hope to see that one day at FedEx.These are the times that make the best of times the best of times.
I want to watch it all...and, if I could be there, I would.
I can't believe anyone would want to miss out.
same here sarge, approx. 2.5 hour trip for me too (I generally try to take the next day off if I have the vacation time) and I've also been on the fence about tickets.....honestly I still believe that you could get singles and be fine especially if you don't plan on going to all the games.Here's my deal. Had danny not cleaned house, I wouldn't even been thinking about it, I'd be telling the Skins to **** off
It's 2.5 hours to Fed Ex for me. That pretty much limits me to 1300 games, as I'm up at 0330 to be back in DC at 0600 on Monday for work. 1600 games make it a late night. Sunday and Monday night games are out of the question unless I want to burn precious leave to recover the next day.
To be honest, the way they've stunk it up lately, it hasn't been worth it. Not one bit. And I know they have a way to go to get back to respectability. I'm thinking of dropping off the list for a year or two, buying individual tickets and getting back on theseason ticket holder list in a year or two