FedExField previously called Jack Kent Cooke Stadium is a football stadium located in an in Landover, Maryland . FedExField is the home of the Washington Redskins football team and has a capacity of 91,704 seats that makes it the largest stadium in the National Football League ( NFL) .
History & Construction
FedEx Field was built was built to replace Washington’s RFK Stadium in 1997 at a cost of $250 million The stadium opened in 1997 as Jack Kent Cooke Stadium, in honor of the recently deceased owner of the team, and the stadium site was known as Raljon.
After the team and stadium were purchased by Daniel Snyder, the naming rights were sold to the FedEx corporation in November 1999 for an average of $7.6 million per year. FedEx Field replaced Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium in Washington, D.C., as the home of the Redskins. FedEx Field has not had a football season in which the stadium failed to sell out its non-premium tickets. Even though it’s the NFL’s largest stadium, the waiting list for Redskins season tickets has reached over 30 years.
Maximum attendace was reached on August 28, 2004 when the game between Virginia Tech Hokies and USC Trojans attracted 91,665 spectators
FedEx Field has five levels including standard seating and three tiers of luxury suites. Suites are equipped with restrooms, a refrigerator, televisions, a lounge area, two rows of seats and bar stools. Improvements for the 2010-2011 season include a new text message traffic alert system, new HD video boards, complete renovation and replacement of the stadium’s video control room, and the installation of the locker of the late Sean Taylor for viewing on the club level.
FedEx Field hosts a variety of special events during the off-season. During the summer of 2009, the stadium hosted a performance by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Paul McCartney, the U2 “360” concert and an international friendly soccer match between Real Madrid and DC United.
- Former name – Jack Kent Cooke Stadium
- Location – Landover, Maryland
- Opened – September 14, 1997
- Owner – Daniel Snyder
- Operator – Washington Redskins
- Construction cost – $250.5 million
- Architect – Populous
- Capacity – 91,704