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DEBUT OF JACK KENT COOKE STADIUM SHOWS CLUB SEATS UNSOLD
Published September 15, 1997
About 2,000 of the 15,000 premium club seats at the Redskins' new Jack Kent Cooke Stadium were "still not sold" for yesterday's inaugural game, according to Thomas Heath of the WASHINGTON POST. The seats, priced at $99-199 per game, are for sale under five, seven, or ten-year leases. Home games "will continue to be" on TV despite the unsold seats, since club seats do not count under the NFL blackout policy. Redskins' Dir. of PR Mike McCall said the seats "will be sold by the end of the season" (WASHINGTON POST, 9/15). REVIEWS ARE IN: In DC, Frank Ahrens reviews the new facility, writing the "most important test of any football stadium is how well, and comfortably, it lets the fans watch the game. Here, Cooke Stadium shines"(WASHINGTON POST, 9/15). But in Baltimore, Vito Stellino called it, "Giants Stadium with more premium seats. It has a dated, obsolete look with no special touches" (Baltimore SUN, 9/14). PRIVATE VS. PUBLIC: In Baltimore, Jon Morgan wrote on stadium financing, adding while it's "too soon to declare a trend," private financing has "sneaked" into several stadium deals. NFL Senior VP/League & Dev. Roger Goodell said that while all-private financing is "possible ... it's very difficult to structure a stadium deal that does not have a public component to it" (Baltimore SUN, 9/14).