Redskins Fans Not Sold on Cooke Stadium

The Redskins began a new era Sept. 14 when they opened Cooke Stadium. Read The Post's special pullout on the stadium.

At the end of its first season, Jack Kent Cooke Stadium has not quite caught on with the majority of Redskins fans. Heavy traffic plus mediocre food and sightlines have many Washington fans yearning for RFK Stadium. But owner John Kent Cooke says the stadium has been a success, and that it has been the talk of the NFL.

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Jack Kent Cooke
Jack Kent Cooke (pictured) did not live to see the opening of the stadium he sought to build in the District, Alexandria, Laurel and, finally, Landover. Read about the long battle to erect Cooke Stadium in our stadium timeline or view a photo timeline.

Redskins Open Stadium With Win Over Cards
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Jack Kent Cooke Stadium officially opened its doors Sept. 14, as 78,270 fans crowded in to watch the Redskins defeat the Arizona Cardinals, 19-13, in overtime. For the stadium — like the team — the day started slowly, as snarled traffic, shortages of concessions and toilet paper and long lines were among the problems.

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Wilbon: Sites, Seats to Behold
A tour of Jack Kent Cooke Stadium may just reveal the best sightlines in the NFL, writes The Post's Michael Wilbon. The end zone seats are as close as RFK, the sideline seats right on top of the field and 95 percent of the seats are open air. All in all, it should rank among the league's best, Wilbon writes.

The House of Cooke
John Kent Cooke at the new Redskins stadium in Prince George's County.
HelmetThe Redskins are starting the season with a new stadium and a new owner. Out from his father's shadow, John Kent Cooke is in charge — for now. So who is he and where is he headed?

Final Score Is Out In Stadium Contest
No other communities have been affected more by the Redskins' decision to leave the city than Landover and D.C.'s Kingman Park, near RFK Stadium. And the jury is still out on which will eventually win the stadium game.
Stadium Turf Wars Created Warriors
Jack Kent Cooke suffered four stadium defeats before finally agreeing to build in Prince George's County. In doing so, he often turned apathetic residents into anti-stadium activists. In 1997, many of them remain thrilled with their successes.
Signs of the Times: Visible, Expensive
Both Cooke Stadium and the MCI Center, scheduled to open later this year, will feature millions of dollars of colorful advertising. It's one of the ways professional franchises are trying to deal with the lightning-quick escalation of player salaries.

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