The Washington Times - September 1, 2009, 12:19PM

About two months ago, I placed myself on the Redskins season ticket waiting list, partially out of curiosity to see how quickly I might move up. And I got my first phone call from a sales associate this morning. 

No, I was not already eligible to get general admission season tickets. It will take between 6 and 10 years to get season tickets in the upper bowl, according to the sales associate.


 But there are club level seats available at a discount. (Those are the yellow seats, dotted with red seats, in the middle of the stadium.)

The sales guy offered me one season ticket in the corner or end zone for $1,750 for the whole season, which is a 40 percent discount. Other club seats closer to midfield are also being offered for as much as half off. A seat around midfield could be had for just under $5,000.

To get the discount, you have to lock in for at least three years. But if you want, you can lock in for as many as 10 years.

For your money, you get access to the stadium’s private club concourse, with bars, restaurants and waiter service directlly to your seat. And it comes with parking and first dibs for any playoff games. Also, for a limited time you get VIP seats to see U2.

It’s no secret that the Redskins have always struggled to make sure those Club Seats are full every game. But these discounts are unprecedented. When you break it down, you’re talking $218 per game, which is expensive but not terribly obscene. (Consider that a ticket for one Nationals game in the President’s Club is $300.)

What’s interesting here is that the Redskins are calling me with this offer. Did they go through all the current general admission season ticket holders first to ask them if they’d like to upgrade? If not, it seems a little unfair. Why should I get first dibs over someone who’s been going to games for years? I have no doubt, however the Redskins will make this offer to anyone ready to buy.