Owners approve league funding toward FedEx Field renovations [updated]

October 8, 2013

FedEx Field. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

NFL owners voted Tuesday to approve league funding for the Washington Redskins to cover a portion of a $27 million renovation of FedEx Field, two people familiar with the deliberations said.

The league’s funding will come in the form of a waiver of revenue contributions from club-seat premiums that the Redskins normally would have to make to other teams and the league, said the people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the owners’ approval of the funding for the Redskins’ renovation had not yet been announced.

It was not immediately clear how much of the $27 million total cost of the FedEx Field renovation will be covered by the league’s funding. Under league rules, the money that the Redskins keep from their club-seat waiver must go toward the renovation.

A person familiar with the situation had said Monday that the FedEx Field renovation includes Wi-Fi, seating modifications, ribbon boards (a form of stadium signage) and a Hall of Fame expansion.

Redskins owner Daniel Snyder and General Manager Bruce Allen attended Tuesday’s owner’ meeting at a downtown Washington hotel.

Allen spoke to reporters briefly after the owners’ meeting. He confirmed that the Redskins received a club-seat waiver for their stadium renovation but declined to specify how much of the total cost of the renovation that waiver will fund.

“It’s what we have been doing the last couple years and going to continue to make it a better fan experience for everyone,” Allen said. “The technology is going to improve.”

Update, 2:13 p.m.

“We appreciate the NFL teams approving our continued plan on improving the fan experience at FedEx Field,” Redskins General Manager Bruce Allen said in a written statement released through a team spokesman.

The team confirmed that the stadium renovations will include Wi-Fi and digital signage but declined to specify what seating modifications will be made or to provide further details.

The Redskins said through a spokesman that Allen and Snyder would not be available for further comment Tuesday.

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