Redskins' 50-Year FedExField Sellout Streak Could End Sunday
The Redskins open their home season Sunday against the Colts, and "thousands of tickets remain unsold at FedExField," which raises the "previously unthinkable question" of whether the game will sell out, according to Liz Clarke of the WASHINGTON POST. FedExField has been "scaled back at least three times in recent years, from 91,704 to 82,000 seats." Data from NFL Ticket Exchange showed more than 3,650 tickets were still available yesterday in "all sections of the stadium, across all price points," for Sunday's game. The Redskins have "long maintained that every game is sold out and boasted in this year's media guide that the run of sellouts dates back 50 years." The attendance streak has been a "source of enormous pride for the franchise." However, fan enthusiasm has "diminished in recent years," which the team acknowledged in June when it announced that a season ticket waiting list the team once said numbered 200,000 "no longer existed." The availability of tickets for Sunday's game is "another sign of flagging fan interest." Sellouts or not, in recent years "thousands of seats are often unfilled at many home games." Meanwhile, the team website "continues to advertise both single-game and season tickets." The Redskins are also "posting ads on social media that have placed special emphasis on Sunday's home opener" (WASHINGTON POST, 9/12).