Redskins fans stay away from home opener

Brian Tinsman
September 16, 2018 - 3:46 pm
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The Washington Redskins came into Week 2 with a 1-0 record and a share of the NFC East lead, riding high off a road win featuring new playmakers. They returned home to a freshly-renovated stadium and a chance to go 2-0 for the first time since 2011.

Who cares? Redskins fans don't seem to. Given the opportunity to check out everything shiny about the team at home, fans stayed away.

Even in the lower bowl, it was hard to find a section that looked truly full. We scoured social media for any angle of the upper levels that looked populated and came up...well, empty.

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Here's what media members saw and said from the press box:

Fans who attended the game were a bit more blunt:

Even fans watching at home could see the sparse game day population of FedEcField:

Low attendance is a problem across the NFL and among all professional sports and entertainment. There have never been more options for entertainment dollars. The at-home experience has never been better.

That's why the Redskins invested in stadium upgrades this season and began marketing single-game tickets in addition to season tickets.

The Redskins even sent COO Brian Lafemina to the 106.7 The Fan studios this week to talk up the game day experience. It was the first time that a marketing executive of his title had ever appeared on our airwaves, and he peddled the team's discounts for ticket plans, better fan experience and more. Apparently, it wasn't enough.

Longtime D.C. sportswriter and Fan columnist Rick Snider offered his own take in the aftermath of the interview.

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"It's not about anything other than the won/loss record – period," Snider wrote. "The Redskins are 84-83-1 in regular-season games at FedEx.

"The Redskins need to win. Show up in January more than occasionally. Find a way to recapture past glory under coach Joe Gibbs and become the next dynasty. Otherwise, cheap hot dogs won't taste any better in a fancy new stadium, either."

 

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