The Redskins are "dedicated" to making oft-criticized FedExField a "more attractive Sunday destination for fans," with their lease set to expire in '27, according to Scott Allen of the WASHINGTON POST. Among the enhancements the team is looking at this season are a "fan pavilion in the lower concourse, discounts on food for season ticket members, dozens of new menu items and a more extensive craft beer list." The fan pavilion, which will be underneath the scoreboard in the west end zone, will "offer a new space for fans to gather before, during and after games." The pavilion will be "open to anyone with a ticket for any seat in the stadium," and will "feature breakfast sandwiches, a Bloody Mary bar, roughly 30 TV's showing every game and a clear view of the field." The Redskins Marching Band, which "occupied the seats that were removed to make room for the pavilion, will return to the club level above the scoreboard in the west end zone." Redskins Senior VP/Operations & Guest Experience Chris Bloyer and Senior VP/Consumer Sales & Marketing Jake Bye said that a "similar retrofitting could be done beneath the scoreboard in the other end zone next offseason" if the pavilion proves popular with fans. Despite there not having been any other "major structural changes" to FedExField this offseason, the stadium's capacity, which was recently estimated at 82,000, will "be less than it was last year." Also, Redskins season-ticket holders for the first time will "receive discounts" ranging from 20-50% off of all food items by "scanning their mobile or paper ticket after ordering at any concession stand, where season ticket member prices will be displayed alongside regular prices" (WASHINGTON POST, 7/20).
Las Vegas Stadium Authority officials said the work on the Raiders' new stadium is "on time and on budget." LVSA officials and Raiders execs also said that sales of PSLs are "going better than expected." Raiders President Marc Badain added that the team is in the "second of three phases of PSL sales." In Las Vegas, Richard Velotta notes LVSA board members on Thursday "approved the Raiders' PSL marketing plan" (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 7/20).
GETTING CLOSE: Rangers officials announced that the Texas Live! entertainment development accompanying Globe Life Field, is "expected to open, as scheduled," on Aug. 9. In Dallas, Evan Grant noted the Rangers and Cordish Cos. "expect all retail and dining tenants to be in place for the opening." While the retail outlets have "mostly yet to be realized," the restaurants will include ones from Pro Football HOFer Troy Aikman and Baseball HOFer Ivan Rodriguez. At the center of the plaza, which will be "flanked by six 62-foot high media posts with screens, there will be a splash fountain" (DALLASNEWS.com, 7/19).
ON A MISSION: In Annapolis, Bill Wagner noted Navy is currently constructing the Physical Mission Center "as an addition to Ricketts Hall." The new facility will feature 25,000 square feet of "interactive exhibit space and will celebrate the storied history of Navy athletics while simultaneously serving as a testament to the academy’s commitment to the physical development of the entire Brigade of Midshipmen." Navy AD Chet Gladchuk said that all the displays and technology contained within the Physical Mission Center will "educate young men and women about the Naval Academy and the opportunities it presents" (Annapolis CAPITAL, 7/19).