Commanders Field – Washington Commanders (2024)

Photos by Richard Smith, Stadium Journey

Stadium InfoFANFARE Score: 3.14

Commanders Field1600 FedEx WayLandover, MD 20785

Year Opened: 1997Capacity: 85,000

Express Progress?

Commanders Field is located in suburban Maryland, just outside of Washington, D.C. It replaced the team’s longtime home RFK Stadium in 1997. The late Jack Kent Cooke, former owner of the Washington Redskins, spent the early 1990s looking for a new stadium. Finally, a location was found in the town of Landover. The former owner passed away before truly enjoying his team playing at their new home. The location of the team was also even known by the United States Postal Service as Raljon, Maryland to honor Cooke’s sons, Ralph and Jon, although it was always technically in the Landover area.

Commanders Field has seen a pretty amazing amount of expansions and reductions in seating capacity in its short lifespan. Entire seating sections have been physically removed from the stadium to reduce capacity. The stadium has seen the removal of some seats to make standing-room-only “party” sections while other seats have been covered by advertisem*nts and tarps.

There is talk every year about the team moving either back to the District of Columbia or to the Commonwealth of Virginia. At this point, there is no specific plan in place or motion. The fan support for the team has been on the downturn lately.

It was announced that in 2022 the team would change its name to the Washington Commanders. The 2023 season was the first without divisive owner Dan Snyder. The stadium became Commanders Field in 2024 after being known as FedExField for years.

Food & Beverage 5

There are many decent concession stands around the stadium offering the usual stadium options. The prices are not cheap, but they are pretty much in line with most NFL venues. If you worry about high food costs, your best bet is to eat before game time. There have been changes to some options to make them cheaper and to offer discounts for season ticket holders.

The team has been adding many interesting food options and keeping choices fresh and interesting. Chicken Guy, a Guy Fieri chicken finger stand is very tasty.

The team has done a good job of enhancing the food offerings at both the Club Level and the main concourse. The upper concourse options seem a bit sparer, although that is common with large stadiums.

Atmosphere 2

The fans are knowledgeable about all aspects of the game. Before you go into the stadium, you should spend some time out with the fans in the massive parking lots. There are some great and welcoming groups scattered around. I love to check out the Red Zone Tailgate Lot to see what some of the most extreme fans are cooking up in their pregame preparation.

Once inside the stadium, you may be less impressed with some aspects of the physical structure. Some areas are just poorly designed. The stadium is not aging well. The addition of a fan zone on the main concourse, which includes areas where the fans can gather and still be in sight of the on-field action, is a welcome addition to the stadium. The new name has allowed the team to brighten up much of the stadium and keep it consistent with the new name. This is an improvement over previous years, although I am not sure it is being appreciated much yet.

The upper deck seems incredibly too high to enjoy the game. Some seating sections in the upper deck require your having to go both up AND down a set of stairs to find your seat. A former walkway has been filled in with three rows of seating. Doing so has created some navigational issues, in that fans may need to go up and then back down a small set of stairs just to move from one area to another. It is weird to see entire seating areas in the Club Level that are blocked off and covered up.

The upper deck also still has some audio issues. There are areas there where the sound is nearly inaudible. In addition, the lower deck still has some obstructed view seats. They do often go for quite low of a price but it is still incredible that a stadium built just one year before Baltimore’s has the severe design flaws that it does.

Many other parts of the seating bowl are just a bit weird here at Commanders Field. It opened with 80,000 seats. A few years later, the Redskins added many temporary and permanent seating areas to bring the total seating to over 91,000. Now the stadium is getting smaller, with many seats changed over to those standing-room-only areas and/or tarp-covered areas to bring the official capacity down.

The team has slowly been adding more of its extensive history into the stadium’s concourse wall along with making way for the new team name.

The team also has a Season Ticket Holders Wall Of Fame. Names of those who have been season ticket holders for 20 years or more are displayed on a monitor beside some images of current players.

Neighborhood 2

Suburban Landover is not the most exciting neighborhood. Commanders Field sits in an area surrounded by parking lots. That kind of setting can be good for tailgating but often means the area is lacking a bit. It would be nice if there could be food, drink, and entertainment options located in the area, such as at Philadelphia’s Xfinity Live complex. I would love to see something similar, even if they are temporary, game-only, locations. Currently, fans who are not tailgate types have very few pregame options.

The closest thing really to the stadium is some newer housing developments. Luckily Washington D.C. is close by. If you are arriving by Metro, pregame activities are best spent there. The Foggy Bottom neighborhood is a good option in D.C. as there are still plenty of restaurants to choose from.

Georgetown is another great option The choices there will astound you, but Martin’s Tavern will always be a good choice.

Did I mention you are right near Washington, D.C.? The number of attractions, museums, restaurants, and other sights is astounding. Spend some time pre or post-game seeing the many things around this great city.

Fans 4

The strength of the team has usually been their loyal fan, but lately, even those loyal fans were starting to turn away from the team. The fans do deserve better than the often lackluster team and stadium. New ownership has just now given the fans some light at the end of the tunnel.

Non-rivalry games have far less excitement than when the team is playing an NFC East opponent. The best time to go to Commanders Field is a nationally televised game against the Eagles, Cowboys, or Giants, but expect to see many visiting team fans.

Access 3

Commanders Field’s location close to the Washington Beltway is not usually seen as a positive. This suburban location compounds the traffic nightmares in the area, especially on Monday night games. The stadium is located far from public transportation and with limited parking alternatives, the stadium can be hard to get to. The opening of the Washington Metro’s Morgan Boulevard Station in 2004 gave attendees at least one public transportation option. It is slightly less than one mile away, and there are decent walkways between the station and the stadium. Sure, it could be closer, but at least it is an option. The Largo Town Center Station, also on the same Blue line as the Morgan Boulevard Station, is another walkable option but is far less convenient.

Just make sure you are aware of closing times for the Metro if attending a night game. The Metro system has experienced many problems and incidents in recent months, so it is not nearly as reliable as it should be. The team has no control over this, but it sure does not help the fans who want to find alternate means to attend the games at Commanders Field.

There is plenty of parking available around the stadium. The problem has been that it is pricey and has been controlled strictly by the team. There are a few non-approved lots to the north of the stadium around Brightseat Road, but that is an exception. If all else fails a visitor can head to the official Gray Lot and get a space for $60 cash. This price may also vary depending on the opponent.

In the last few years, the team made major strides in improving the operations of their lots. Fans are required to enter their designated lots from specific access roads. The idea was to allow for a more efficient entry and exit from the stadium. It seems to have worked.

Return on Investment 4

The cost of an NFL game is expensive. There is no way around it. You do get a good deal, because of the high entertainment value and the extremely high level of competition. The one positive aspect of a bad team is the huge amount of available cheap tickets.

The parking is costly at Commanders Field and you may not be able to find good options around that cost.

Extras 2

The team has one of the few marching bands in the NFL. Make sure to catch them performing before the game. The group started in 1937.

The cheerleaders also put on a good show. The group was second in the NFL to the Pittsburgh Steelers in having cheerleaders (the Steelers have since abandoned the cheerleading idea). Originally called the Redskinettes, they have cheered for the team since 1962.

Final Thoughts

Commanders Field is a purely functional stadium in a less-than-desirable location. The team is also in a transition phase that could go in many directions. Ultimately the fan experience is better than it looks on the surface but is still far from ideal in the modern NFL.

Commanders Field – Washington Commanders (2024)


What is the Washington Commanders Field? ›

Commanders Field is an American football stadium located in Landover, Maryland, 5 miles (8.0 km) east of Washington, D.C. The stadium is the home of the Washington Commanders of the National Football League (NFL). From 2004 until 2010, it had the NFL's largest seating capacity: over 91,000.

Are the Commanders in Washington state? ›

Washington Commanders, American professional gridiron football team based in Washington, D.C. The Commanders play in the National Football Conference (NFC) of the National Football League (NFL) and have won two NFL championships (1937 and 1942) and three Super Bowls (1983, 1988, and 1992).

What is the big announcement about the Washington Commanders? ›

The Washington Commanders announced today the team's 2024 Nunn-Wooten Scouting Fellows – Austin Walter and Tony Jones. Walter will be joining the team for the remainder of the offseason program and for the first two weeks of training camp. Jones will be joining the team for the first two weeks of training camp.

Is the Washington Commanders field grass or turf? ›

Not only will the Commanders have multiple grass fields, but they also have the indoor practice bubble that was finally built at the urging of former coach Mike Shanahan.

What is the smallest NFL stadium? ›

Chicago's Soldier Field is the smallest stadium in the NFL, with a capacity of 61,500.

What is the oldest NFL team? ›

The Arizona Cardinals are the oldest established team in the NFL. They were established in 1898 as an independent team and joined the NFL in its founding year of 1920.

Why did the Redskins change their name? ›

The topic, part of the larger Native American mascot controversy, began receiving widespread public attention in the 1990s. In 2020, the team responded to economic pressure in the wake of the George Floyd protests by retiring the name and logo.

What was the Redskins' original name? ›

The franchise had the team name since 1933, one year after the organization was formed as the Boston Braves in 1932. The debate around the team name finally reached its tipping point as the franchise officially announced Monday the team name will be retired.

Who is most likely to buy the Washington Commanders? ›

As for potential owners, here's a quick breakdown of the people who have been mentioned as likely bidders:
  • Jeff Bezos. ...
  • Byron Allen. ...
  • Josh Harris. ...
  • Behdad Eghbali and Jose E. ...
  • Todd L. ...
  • John Henry. ...
  • David Rubenstein and Ted Leonsis. ...
  • Larry Ellison and Michael Dell.
Jan 17, 2023

Why is Washington now the Commanders? ›

After sifting through more than 40,000 choices suggested by fans, the franchise finally decided on “Washington Commanders”, in homage to the US capital's connection to the military.

Who will Commanders draft in 2024? ›

2024 Draft Picks
  • 1 (2): QB Jayden Daniels, LSU.
  • 2 (36): DI Jer'Zhan Newton, Illinois.
  • 2 (50): CB Mike Sainristil, Michigan.
  • 2 (53): TE Ben Sinnott, Kansas State.
  • 3 (67): OT Brandon Coleman, TCU.
  • 3 (100): WR Luke McCaffrey, Rice.
  • 5 (139): LB Jordan Magee, Temple.
  • 5 (161): S Dominique Hampton, Washington.
May 10, 2024

Will the Washington Commanders relocate? ›

The Washington Commanders announced on Friday that the team will move business operations from FedExField to the University of Maryland's Discovery District in early 2024 to meet greater demand for suites at the stadium while expanding the franchise's footprint in the state of Maryland.

How many people does the Commanders stadium hold? ›

Who is getting a new NFL stadium? ›

Two teams that are well on their way to seeing the first new stadiums since SoFi opened its doors in Los Angeles in 2020 are the Buffalo Bills and Tennessee Titans. Construction is underway at both facilities, but Buffalo's will be unique and buck the trend of enclosed stadiums.

What is FedEx Field called now? ›

The Commanders have temporarily renamed the stadium Commanders Field and will remove the FedEx signage before the start of the 2024 season. Surely, the team's hope is to put up signage for a new partner at that point instead of adding more costs by changing signage twice.

What was FedEx Field called before? ›

In 1999, Daniel Snyder bought the Redskins and decided to sell the naming rights to Federal Express. Jack Kent Cooke Stadium was renamed FedEx Field.

Can I wear Redskins gear to FedEx Field? ›

On Wednesday, the team announced it was banning guests from wearing Native American apparel at FedEx Field for the 2021 season, an updated policy that comes just over a year since the franchise changed its name from "Redskins," a term seen as a racial slur against Indigenous people of the United States.

Is Washington, D.C.. in Maryland or Virginia? ›

The District of Columbia has been separate from Maryland and Virginia for over 200 years. While DC, Maryland, and Virginia work cooperatively on many regional issues, neither Maryland nor Virginia residents are interested in annexing the District of Columbia.

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