- The Washington Times - Monday, February 12, 2007


The Washington Redskins said yesterday they will not raise general admission ticket prices at FedEx Field for the 2008 season, a year after raising prices nearly 40 percent for some seats.

The Redskins, who have some of the most expensive tickets in the NFL, said general admission seats will continue to range in price from $29 to $99 a game, plus taxes.

“We work hard to minimize ticket increases,” said Mitch Gershman, Redskins chief operating officer. “The stability of pricing and the more than 200,000 names on our wait list for season tickets is testament to the continued support of our tremendous fan base, and we thank them.”

The team plans to mail season ticket renewals beginning Thursday. The price freeze likely will come as a relief to Redskins fans, who just endured a disappointing 5-11 season and a price hike of $20 for lower-bowl seats and $5 to $10 for upper-deck seats.

Rather than increase prices slightly each year like many NFL teams, the Redskins have generally kept prices flat for several years, then increased them by more significant amounts. Before last year, the last price increase on tickets came in 2002, when the team installed a $4 increase on tickets across the board to offset increased security costs required after September 11. The team also increased ticket prices in 2000.

The Redskins are the most valuable sports franchise in America with a net worth of about $1.4 billion, according to Forbes magazine. FedEx Field, the largest in the NFL with more than 91,000 seats, routinely sells out every game.

Tim Lemke

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