The July 6 Sports story "Redskins Go to Market" mentioned the "40,000-fan waiting list" that "grew" during the Redskin heyday of 1966 to 1992. But the story didn't talk about how the previous ownership of the team disposed of those 40,000 fans after the move from RFK to the new stadium in Prince George's County.
For years, I watched my position on the waiting list slowly move upward. I hoped that I might someday be eligible for a pair of season tickets (at least in time to bequeath them to my sons).
When the Redskins moved out of Washington, I read about how the new stadium would add about 15,000 seats. My hopes grew.
But then, instead of my annual letter from Redskins' Park -- giving me my standing on the waiting list and offering me the usual opportunity to purchase preseason seats -- I got the news that the list was being scrapped. No more list, and no more opportunities to purchase preseason tickets. Instead I was offered the privilege of purchasing season tickets in the new "club" section at a highly inflated price over general admission.
The club seats are terrific (I sat in them at the Notre Dame-Navy game) and are probably worth the money. But when I watch the Redskins on TV, "sold-out" home games include many empty seats in the club section.
I congratulate the new owner of the team, and I applaud his efforts to leverage his investment with additional advertising at the stadium. However, I would praise him more if he would rescue the 40,000 fans his predecessors dumped on the trash heap. All he would have to do is revive the waiting list and restore the dream of many fans to someday attend a Redskins game as season ticket holders.
-- Harry R. "Bob" Moore