Redskins raise ticket prices because they love you

By Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post.

By Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post.

 

I was initially worried that the Redskins raising ticket prices would be a bad thing. Then I read the press release, helpfully issued at 4:30 pm, which noted in the headline that “NFC East Champion Redskins Remain Among the Most Affordable Ticket in the NFC East.” Indeed, the Giants and Cowboys — who both are cursed with sparkling new stadiums — have higher average ticket prices than the Redskins. The Eagles do not. That means the Redskins have only the third (3rd) most expensive tickets in the division. Or, in other words, the second (2nd) cheapest. Hail yeah!

I was initially worried that this news still wouldn’t go over well among the fans who have long complained about a sub-par game-day experience at FedEx Field. Then I read the press release, which noted that “to enhance the game day experience over the past three years, the Redskins have also installed 100-foot long HD video boards, eight digital ribbon boards and the NFL’s largest video wall, in addition to multiple electric vehicle charging stations, Club Level Party Decks, Executive Suites and a text message alert system.” I mean, I can’t tell you how many of the game-day experience complaints I’ve received dealt with the lack of electric vehicle charging stations, Executive Suites and a text message alert system. But no longer.

I was initially worried that the news of a parking hike to $40 per car would not be met kindly by fans who might wonder why Landover, Maryland, need be home to some of the highest parking prices in the NFL. Then I checked out Team Marketing Report’s list of NFL parking prices, which included not one but two (2) teams that charged more than $40 in 2012: Chicago and Dallas. That means the Redskins have among the most affordable parking prices of NFC teams that finished 2012 with between 8 and 10 wins.

Still, costs were increasing, which seemed worrisome. But then I read the release, which noted that “Redskins Pro Bowlers Robert Griffin III, Trent Williams, Lorenzo Alexander, Ryan Kerrigan and London Fletcher along with stars Alfred Morris and Pierre Garçon, will defend their NFC East title against a home schedule that features marquee matchups against NFC East divisional rivals, as well as historical powers like the San Francisco 49ers and Chicago Bears.” I mean, Pro Bowlers!!!!!! Can’t beat that. Plus, apparently the Redskins will be playing their NFC East divisional rivals at home this year, which sounds cool and unusual and marquee-ish. The release didn’t even mention that the Redskins will also face the Kansas City Chiefs at home in 2013.

I initially worried that fans might still point to Washington’s two decades of struggles in arguing against this price increase, but then I read the release, which pointed out that “the 2012 NFC East Champion Redskins announced today that 2013 tickets will remain among the most affordable in the division.” I forgot about that division title, which now gives Washington one (1) division title over the past 13 seasons.

And any last bit of skepticism I might have had was washed away later in the release, when it noted that “Redskins’ season ticketholders also enjoy the best seats, as well as right of first refusal, to events held at FedExField such as the Kenny Chesney ‘No Shoes Nation Tour’ on Saturday, May 25.” And also that “fans will be treated to a number of upgrades to FedExField in 2013, including parking and public safety initiatives.”

I mean, the only logical conclusion to all of this is that the Redskins love you and want you to be happy. You’d best include several thank-you notes when you send in your invoice.

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