I agree with Jack Kent Cooke that we need a new stadium outside of the District. The one we have now is grossly inadequate and poorly maintained.
The fans are treated by the stadium board with contempt. At the first home game this year, a whole section of parking was closed because a carnival was in progress. Why wasn't that carnival scheduled sometime during the summer when the stadium was not in use? There was utter chaos after the game because late-comers had parked anywhere they could and closed off exits.
The parking lot we park in (Lot No. 8) is in terrible condition. It has never been repaved since the stadium opened. It is covered with debris, glass and standing water, and grass is growing in the cracks in the pavement. Speaking of grass, it wasn't even cut on the walkway to the stadium; the weeds were a foot tall. Also, the cost of the privilege of parking in this lot was increased this year to $4.
Inside the stadium, the first water fountain I saw was filthy. Inside the ladies' room, before the game, two attendants were drinking beer. After half time, the attendants had disappeared, half the toilets were unusable, and the room was dirty and littered with paper towels.
The District does not deserve to have the Redskins play in the city because it doesn't seem to care about keeping its stadium clean and in good repair. Painting the seats does not make up for the state of the rest of the stadium.
Mr. Cooke probably does not see what the fans see. I consider him very fortunate. ANNETTE L. KORMAN Bethesda
I endorse Jack Kent Cooke's wish for a new stadium for the Redskins because of the inadequacies of RFK Stadium and its management by the D.C. Armory Board.
I have been a season ticket holder since 1971, when temporary stands were placed at the east end of the field. There are nine sections (the 200 series) totaling more than 3,000 seats. I had been content to view the games from these unsatisfactory seats -- with no backs, very little room for movement of people in and out of the rows and no protection from rain or snow.
But this year the Redskins decided to increase prices for the seats in the 200 series by 30 percent. When I complained about the big increase, Mr. Cooke stated that a 30 percent increase only seems high: it would truly be high if ticket prices were increased every year rather than every three years (the last increase was in 1984). We pay $20 a game to sit in the seats. I doubt if any other team in the National Football League charges $20 for end-zone seats like these.
Now, the straw that broke my back: on Sept. 13, the Redskins played the opening game of the season. When I arrived at the stadium, I found that the walkway in front of the seats in sections 239 through 247 was a muddy mess, since it had rained for most of the morning. Why can't the stadium board provide better seating conditions -- or at least install some gravel or something else on the walkway to provide better access to the end-zone seats. RICHARD C. CLOUGH Rockville
Jack Kent Cooke's idea for moving the Redskins out of the District and playing in a domed stadium is a sad commentary on the state of "business" in the NFL. Can you imagine hitting the Beltway to go and watch the Dale City Redskins (sponsored by IKEA) or the Dranesville 'Skins? What would be much worse would be having to watch them play in a domed stadium.
I bet not many people in this area have seen games in such a stadium. I saw a game in Seattle's Kingdome last year (the Mariners vs. the Red Sox, not the Seahawks). It was awful. There was no grass, no sunshine or moonlight. Everything was temperature controlled, including the fans, who seemed to be under the spell of Orwellian cameras. Those of us who remember old Griffith Stadium and taking in the elements during a frosty November or watching Roy Sievers belt one out under the lights during June while washing down a cool one (admission, 75 cents; beer, 40 cents) crave watching a game outdoors, where it is supposed to be played.
As for Mr. Cooke's plan for a 75,000-seat stadium to make more money, is he kidding? Does he really need more money?
The Redskins belong in the District, and have for 50 years. Their support will always be here, dome or not. Players' demands for more money will eventually be subdued, and I hope the trend toward domed mausoleums will be too. Let's stay outside -- and in D.C. JOHN C. SULLIVAN Washington