LANDOVER, Md. (CBSDC) — Another 4,000 seats will be removed from FedEx Field to accommodate renovations to the stadium’s suite area and complete installation of “party decks” in the upper level.
The removal of the seats will lower the stadium’s capacity to roughly 79,000 for Washington Redskins games according an official with the Prince George’s County Department of Environmental Resources.
Until the 2010 season, FedEx Field had a capacity around 91,000. Last year 8,000 seats were removed from the stadium as the “party deck” installation began.
At the time, a senior official with the Redskins told The Washington Post the team was unable to sell the seats being removed, but added their removal would provide a better fan experience.
When the renovations are complete, the stadium will feature 62 suites and five lounge areas in addition to the standing-room-only “party decks.”
“We are making improvements both on and off the field prior to our historic 80th anniversary season,” Redskins Executive Vice President/General Manager Bruce Allen said in comments distributed by the team.
In recent seasons, the Redskins have installed new HD Videoboards–the largest video walls in the NFL–and the “Hail to the Redskins” history wall on the club level.
The Redskins, who finished 2-6 at home last season, finished fourth in the league in attendance with an average of 76,921 fans streaming through the gates each game.
The Dallas Cowboys, who currently offer a “party deck” game day experience, led the league with an average of 85,512 fans attending each week.