Cheap Seats Daily: Breaking News: Will Snyder Take On Tailgaters? was originally published on City Desk on Jun. 22, 2009, at 2:18 am
Some day, we’ll look back at this as the beginning of the Blackouts Era of Redskins football.
Heading into the weekend, the entertaining putzes over at Dan Snyder’s message board, extremeskins.com, were in a tizzy like never before. Things have only gotten tizzier since.
They’ve uncovered a story bigger than Mike “Biggest Loser” Williams’ pre-fast waistline: Dan Snyder might launch a war on tailgating!
After rumors surfaced that new anti-tailgating edicts would be put in place next season, a fan posted contents of an email that was allegedly sent out by the team to its richest suite lessees containing new game day parking rules for 2009.
Two of the new rules are:
- “Tailgating is permitted only in the last few rows of each lot.” And,
- “All vehicles will be directed to specific spaces in each lot.”
These new rules mean that only groups that show up at the stadium lots very early and very together will be able to throw a joint tailgate. The only point would be to discourage tailgating.
Trust me, this is going to be big. Even the diehardest Skins fan agrees tailgating is the only part of the game-day experience that makes a trip to FedExField palatable. (I love tailgating at Snyder’s stadium! I’ve been to FedExField on four Redskins game days in the last two seasons, but I haven’t seen a single play live. I’ve tailgated with my high school buddies and then left before kickoff each time to watch the game at home. I recommend the routine.)
If the email to suiteholders is legitimate and the new rules are enforced — and, given the shoddiness of everything about the operation, that latter one’s a real big “if” — these rules will be deal breakers for a lot of Skins season ticket holders.
Many extremeskins.com posters, however, think this parking rules package is a one-season deal that Snyder is throwing out there so he can add a tailgate-fee next season.
What sort of Bubble Boy thinks such an idea would fly?
Stay with Cheap Seats Daily for all the breaking news in Snyder’s TailgateGate!