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Posted at 4:10 PM ET, 12/ 1/2010

Redskins ticket prices won't increase in 2011

By Rick Maese

If there's football in 2011, the Redskins will not charge fans any more for general admission tickets than they have in recent seasons, the team announced Wednesday.

Prepping for the possibility of a 2011 lockout that could cancel games, the Redskins, keeping in step with the rest of the league, also announced a full refund policy for any preseason or regular season games that do not take place.

"We remain hopeful that an agreement can be successfully negotiated between the League and the Players Association," Redskins owner Daniel Snyder said in a statement released Wednesday afternoon. "If that does not occur, all Washington Redskins season ticket holders will be offered full refunds for any games that are missed."

Earlier Wednesday, the team sent out a notice to many season ticket holders soliciting payment for 2011 season tickets. If a new labor deal isn't reached between the owners and the players, though, that season could be in jeopardy.

"The Redskins want YOU to join Head Coach Mike Shanahan and Quarterback Donovan McNabb for the 2011 season," read the Redskins' emailed solicitation.

Any fans who reserve their seats by Dec. 15 have been offered free tickets to one of the Redskins' remaining home games this season. Those purchasing six or more season tickets have been offered an upgrade to the club level this season. The team routinely announces sellouts and boasts of a long waiting list for season tickets, but it often has some returns that go on sale on the day of a game. Snyder has said that of the team's 250 suites, all but five or six are sold out this season.

According to the news release, the 2011 refunds will apply to all seats -- general admission, suites and Premium Club among them. Season ticket holders can either receive a traditional refund or can apply it to future seats.

The team noted that general admission prices have remained the same since the 2006 season.

Snyder said recently that he feels ticket prices are always an area of particular concern to the Redskins.

"Our cheapest ticket is $44," he said last month. "And I'm always debating, should we just lower the price? It just feels expensive. So it is an ongoing debate, and we're very sensitive to it."

By Rick Maese  | December 1, 2010; 4:10 PM ET
 
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I'm confused.

1. FedExField is completely sold out to season ticket holders, AND there's a long wait list who want to take any empties if they come up.

2. Renewal rates each year are bragged about as being 95%+. The team must thus be prepared to handle it if a significant percentage of the already full stadium opt to meet the Dec. 15 early pay deadline for free tickets.

3. The team thus still believes it has enough unsold inventory to give up to 95% of its fans additional seats to see the same games they're already attending.

Either A) people will be sitting on the laps of the folks who are already filling all those seats; or B) the notion that FedExField is even close to sold out this season is, in fact, a lie.

It can't be B, can it?

Posted by: wahoo2x | December 1, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

pack of lies...

beep

Posted by: _Stumped_ | December 1, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Thomas was not active during his seven-week stay in Carolina, which picked him up after the Redskins released him.


By Barry Svrluga | December 1, 2010; 3:45 PM ET

Check your facts, Barry. He was active for the Baltimore game. No receptions, but two KO returns.

Posted by: beep-beep | December 1, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

no comments about $nyder yet. hessone asleep at the wheel.

Posted by: PortisPocketsStr8 | December 1, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

I held season tix for 5 years with a relative and we were about to sell them until the announcement of Gibby 2.0. We renewed and one year in, received a letter indicating we could start paying more NOW to defray the increases upwards of 30% that would be full-on in 2011.

Oh well, I guess I'm glad I sold my half to another family member anyway when J-ZEE (Peter North look alike) came in.

Double-ply toilet tissue, 50 inch flatscreens and no drunken retards trying to start a fight amidst kids with parents are why I am now more than happy to be able to stay home or go to a friends' or a bar to watch the games. Besides, lately, I sometimes get on with my afternoon by halftime or the 3rd quarter anyway and YES, I'm a lifelong fan with the receipts to prove it.

Posted by: Personal_Fowl | December 1, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

beeps

Posted by: gatorskinz2000 | December 1, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Snyder and Company are still ripping off those poor season ticket holders.

Posted by: Plato3 | December 1, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Snyder and Company are still ripping off those poor season ticket holders.

Posted by: Plato3 | December 1, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Snyder and Company are still ripping off those poor season ticket holders.

Posted by: Plato3 | December 1, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Snyder and Company are still ripping off those poor season ticket holders.

Posted by: Plato3 | December 1, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

"Our cheapest ticket is $44," he said last month. "And I'm always debating, should we just lower the price? It just feels expensive. So it is an ongoing debate, and we're very sensitive to it."


Really? I love me some 'Skins, but the product you are fielding at home warrants $44 being your most expensive ticket. I am glad you have enough shame to not raise prices, but, you appear to be having difficulty finding enough fans to actually fill your stadium. Kind of strange isn't it, from multi-year waiting list to having to dump massive tickets to opponents fans?

Posted by: murrayh | December 1, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for not raising price, Danny. Now how about bringing them back down to earth. While in Nashville for the Skins/Titans game I noticed that my seat 15 rows from the field were about $15 cheaper than my tickets up in the 400s.

Now, I understand that the standard of living is lower there... But c'mon, that's ridiculous.

Posted by: HailYea | December 2, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

You want to do something nice for the fans? How about we pay the same price that tickets were when we won our last Super Bowl?? Then, when we win the next SB you can raise prices again! We should also be given a refund for last season!

Posted by: Toochilled | December 2, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

After this season, he should refund the hard earned money that people paid to put mere shell of a professional football team on the field. It's shameful that a team with suck a storied history has been a nightmare for so long.

Posted by: kdmcnair | December 2, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

For $44 all you're going to see is the back of a cement post in "partially obscured" seats.

Posted by: unclelonghair | December 2, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

While GA ticket prices will not be increased, premmie seats like the club, loge, dream, etc. seats go up either 3% to 6% a year (depending on type of contract ticket holder has). Pecause those seats are way overpriced to begin with, those yearly increased are quite substantial. My guess is the freebie tickets will be all those returned seats by opposing team and all the unsold premmie seats. Then again if all GA ticket holders qualified for freebie seats, Danny Boy would then set up metal folding chairs and outdoor TV screens in the parking lots for those not able to get their fannies in the building. Hmmmm, 200,000+ on a wait list and they have free seats to give away to thousands who may be lame enough to pay for 2011 before 2010 seasons dies off? What's in that kool aid they sell at FedEx?

Posted by: bbmcoachk | December 3, 2010 8:54 AM | Report abuse

so the alternative is you pay for a game that is not played. Are you kidding me with this article? Are you kidding me that Snyder has a press conference and is actually quoted saying that? Subject change kind of: Do you think Snyder paid Tom Cruise to be his friend because they are the same height? Theory only because Cruise is a loser (like Snyder), washed up as a credible actor, and a narcicist. Will we EVER get rid of Snyder or writers (writing) about him? Gibbs 4 EVR!

Posted by: Nick-FFX | December 3, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

so the alternative is you pay for a game that is not played. Are you kidding me with this article? Are you kidding me that Snyder has a press conference and is actually quoted saying that? Subject change kind of: Do you think Snyder paid Tom Cruise to be his friend because they are the same height? Theory only because Cruise is a loser (like Snyder), washed up as a credible actor, and a narcicist. Will we EVER get rid of Snyder or writers (writing) about him? Gibbs 4 EVR!

Posted by: Nick-FFX | December 3, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

I wrote something GOOD and got some weird censorship message. Jason Reid has gone to the dark side.

Posted by: Nick-FFX | December 3, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

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