DC’s beloved Washington Redskins actually originated in 1932 in Massachusetts as the Boston Braves. The team changed its moniker to the “Redskins” in 1933, and moved to the nation’s capital in 1937. The Redskins won their first NFL championship that season under the leadership of legendary quarterback Sammy Baugh. The team won its second championship in 1942.
Quarterback Sonny Jurgensen came to DC in 1964, and immediately became a fan favorite. Jurgensen was one of the finest passers of the decade, and his legendary match-ups with Dallas Cowboys quarterback Don Meredith helped establish a rivalry between the two teams that lives on strongly today.
Glory days returned in 1971 with the hiring of George Allen, who led the Redskins to their first Super Bowl appearance the following year. Their first Super Bowl title came in 1983, under Coach Joe Gibbs. In a 10-year span, Gibbs led the Redskins to three Super Bowl victories featuring future Hall of Famers in cornerback Darrell Green, wide receiver Art Monk, running back John Riggins and offensive guard Russ Grimm. There are only four NFL teams that have appeared in more Super Bowls than the Redskins.
With the arrival of Heisman trophy winning quarterback Robert Griffin III in 2012 (known as “RGIII” to his fans), the Redskins look to revisit the NFL’s biggest game in the years to come.
Hail to the Redskins! As one of the larger stadiums in the NFL, FedEx Field is rockin’ when the Redskins take to the gridiron. The venue, just outside DC in Landover, MD, offers fantastic amenities including the Club Level, which offers great eats and hospitality before, during and after a game. Other food options are plenty, and the stadium features the Redskins Team Store, where you can pick up all of your Redskins memorabilia.
The AAA Ultimate Fan Zone is a fantastic way to begin your game day experience, with food and entertainment included with the admission price. There is also the Bud Light Party Pavilion, which opens three hours before game time. Food, beverages and live music are offered. Located at the exterior plaza (Gates F and G) of the stadium, a game ticket must be shown to enjoy the great amenities this pre-game gathering place offers.
Tailgating is an essential aspect to any Redskins game experience. Hours before every game at FedEx Field, dedicated fans from all around the DC area set up their burgundy-and-gold adorned trailers, throw on their Redskins apparel and fire up the grill to fix everything from hot dogs and burgers to ribs and sausages. Explore the tailgating options and make the most out of your Sunday at FedEx Field.
Single game tickets are available through Ticketmaster and StubHub. FedEx Field recently added a party deck, an area for standing-room only patrons. Tickets are priced lower for this new area of the stadium. V.I.P. packages are also available, including the Premium Club and the Touchdown Club. Click here for information on season tickets.
- The Redskins are the second most valuable franchise in the NFL (the archrival Dallas Cowboys are first).
- The franchise recently instituted its first “practice bubble” to provide the finest practice conditions in case of inclement weather.
- The Redskins are one of only two NFL teams to have a marching band, and were one of the first to have their own fight song: “Hail to the Redskins."
- Vince Lombardi coached the Redskins in 1969, his final season in the NFL. Lombardi led the team to a 7-5-2 mark, which at the time was the team’s best record since 1955.