City Paper is not for tourists
All the big questions for Skins fans heading into Dallas Week were about who’s gonna show up at FedExField on Sunday.
Firstly: Tony Romo?
Lastly, but hardly leastly: How many Dallas fans?
Romo looks like a go.
Q#2’s answer won’t be clear til game time.
But, after the “Monday Night Massacre,” what with the Pittsburgh Steelers dominating the gridiron and the visiting fans owning the grandstands, a lot of folks will be scouring the seats trying to gauge how many ticketholders are sporting blue & silver.
No matter what happens this weekend, the Pittsburgh debacle did terminal damage to the Legend of Pent-Up Demand for Redskins Tickets.
The sellout streak is fictional: Several times over the years, I’ve stopped by the FedExField ticket window around kickoff time on game days/nights to see if tickets are available; every time, seats were being offered at face value through the team.
Dan Snyder has long exploited the waiting list and sellout streak myths while hawking premium seats and even plates of bbq for thousands of dollars each.
There’s more evidence this week how poorly Snyder’s sales tactic is working.
In February, the Redskins put out a press release pumping up the size of its waiting list. Chief Operating Officer Mitch Gershman said that “the more than 200,000 names on our wait list for season tickets are testament to the continued support of our tremendous fan base.”
That document is no longer available on redskins.com.
However, a press release from 2005, with Gershman touting “a waiting list for tickets that exceeds 105,000 names,” can still be found on the site.
This week, the lower figure sure looks like a crock, also.