Redskins intern Ross Leonhart braved the sweltering heat to cover pick-up day for the FedExField seats sold for the benefit of the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation.
It was a great scene at the stadium today, as football fans came from all over the world to get their pieces of history from FedExField.
After the recent renovations at the stadium to remove seats, the Redskins made around 200 seats available to fans for purchase. All proceeds go to Redskins Charitable Foundation.
It was a mixed crowd of Redskins fans, New York Giants fans, people who like to provoke their Redskins fan family members, and even people making the trip from Canada.
Virginia resident Angela Crews was on-hand to get the perfect addition to her families “Redskins Basement.”
“This is a perfect opportunity to get a piece of memorabilia that not everyone’s going to get,” Crews said. “And it’s for a good cause.”
The Redskins weren’t the only ones in a charitable mood; fans from all over came for seats that weren’t for them.
Redskin fans James Scanlan and Ed Wyluda drove down almost four hours from New Jersey to get a seat for their dad — the inspiration behind their Burgundy and Gold fanhood. They expect the seats to go in his “Redskins Room,” that is filled with signed helmets, pictures and painted accordingly.
Teacher Stacy Liles battled the heat with her 14-month-old twins, Caelyn and Rowen, to get the seats for her husband who had to work. The seats are going in the basement with all their other Redskins stuff, and the two babies are next generation Skins fans.
Christmas may come early in the Noll house, at least for the Redskins fans in the family.
Giants fan Lauren Noll was outside of FedEx Field to get her father a Christmas present after her mom and brother—both Redskins fans as well– chipped in to pay for the seats. Her father planted a piece of turf from RFK Stadium, and she joked the seats from this stadium will sit nicely on top of it.
Pat Petty and her husband, Glen, have memories from RFK Stadium too, and even reminisce about the games they saw at Griffith Stadium. Fans since 1955, these two plan on enjoying the two seats on their patio for the summer, until the winter comes and the seats go into their “Redskins Room.”
The commute some people made for these seats show why Redskins fans are some of the best around.
Robert Walters and his children Bobby, 14, Brody, 10, and Brooke, 9, drove down from New York to get seats for them to sit in when their home-bar called “8 kids” –Bobby, Brody and Brooke have 5 more siblings—when it is crawling with their local Giant fans friends.
It was rise and shine for Brian and Lisa Stryker who woke up at 3:30 in the morning to drive over three hours from near Penn State University for their seats. Why such the commitment?
Brian saw the Redskins in the Super Bowl when he was younger. “I just fell in love,” he said. “It was the logo. It was the whole kit and caboodle.”
India Sweetney brought her husband, former Georgetown basketball player Michael, as her courier to carry the pair of seats out of the baking sun outside FedExField. India, born and raised a Redskins fan, says the seats will go on her “Redskins Wall” that has vintage Coca-Cola cans, Super Bowl memorabilia and even a Redskins apron.
“The seats will get used every game Sunday,” India said. “And I do a little video blog after the game on Mondays, so I’m going to put them in front of my set.”
It was all business for Mike Farley, a Glenelg Gladiator like myself. A former Redskins sales department employee, Farley wanted the seats from the past to fill empty space in his new company’s new office building.
“It’s good that they’re donating it all to charity,” Farley said. “Not many people can have seats from the stadium.”
What I took from this day?
First, people love to describe their Redskins dedicated rooms. Secondly, whoever makes burgundy and gold paint is a genius.
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