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History of Tailgating in Washington

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While the Washington Redskins may be making history this season, the franchise has celebrated many significant historic moments throughout the years, including becoming the first NFL team to have its entire season broadcasted on television. Take a trip down memory lane and commemorate football seasons that have passed as we move closer to what might become an epic moment in the history of the Washington Redskins.

Before They Were Redskins

Believe it or not, DC’s hometown football team wasn’t always known as the Washington Redskins—nor did the team originate from DC. According to the history of the franchise, the Washington Redskins actually started off as the Boston Braves in 1932. When William “Lone Star” Dietz took over coaching responsibilities in 1933, legend states that the team’s name was changed from the Braves to the Redskins in honor of Dietz’s mother who was allegedly Sioux. In 1937, the team moved from Boston to Washington, thus becoming the Washington Redskins.

Football at Fenway Park

In the beginning of the team’s history, the then Braves played at various fields in Boston including Braves Fields and Fenway Park. When the Redskins moved to DC, the team played at the historic Griffith Stadium, home to the Washington Senators and also known as the original Nationals Park. Here the team celebrated many victories and became the first NFL team to have their entire season televised. In 1961, the Redskins moved to DC Stadium, better known as RFK Stadium, where they accumulated a 173-102-3 record within the 35 years they played at the stadium. The Redskins played their final game at RFK Stadium, a victory against the Dallas Cowboys, on December 22, 1996. The 1997 season brought the Redskins to Jack Kent Cooke Stadium, which is now known as FedEx Field.

History In the Making

This Sunday, the last day of the regular football season, marks an epic moment in the Washington Redskins franchise history. For the first time, the team will participate in a winner-takes-all scenario against the Dallas Cowboys. The prize on the line? The right to be named NFC East champions and the chance to move on to the playoffs. Considering the fact that a few short weeks ago we were the laughing stock of the NFL, this is quite a feat.

What better way to show your support for the Redskins than to show up loud and proud at FedEx Field? Tailgating starts four hours prior to kickoff. Party it up in the parking lots or head to the AAA Ultimate Fan Zone, which features an all-you-can-eat buffet, live entertainment, special appearances from former players and the Washington Redskins’ cheerleaders, plus games and prizes. Head over to the Bud Light Party Pavilion, which opens up three hours before kickoff and features live entertainment plus food and beverage stands. FedEx Field also offers a designated driver reward program where those who sign up receive instant rewards as well as enter a drawing for the chance to win a Redskins prize pack. Together, we can play the role of the 12th man on the field and cheer the Redskins to victory. Can I get a hail yeah?

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Susan Diranian is a freelance writer living in Ashburn, VA. She is covering Travel & Outdoors. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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