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Redskins: FedEx Field not getting field turf – how about better groundskeeping?

Redskins plan to improve FexEx Field playing surface by re-sodding during seasonThe Wash. Times
One of the topics brought up during the official groundbreaking of the new Richmond training camp for the Washington Redskins was the turf at FedEx Field.

“We missed an opportunity last year during a window between the seventh game and the 10th game to re-sod the field,” Allen said.

Allen indicated that FieldTurf was not an option which pleases me. I can’t stand artificial turf — grass stains, mud, etc. are part of the game. Now, the conditions in Landover were poor late last year, but they have had success keeping the field in reasonable shape late in the season before:

FedEx Field 2005
December 23, 2005 – Washington Redskins vs. New York Football Giants. Looked okay that day.

Penn State threatening in Indiana territory
November 20, 2010 – Indiana Hoosiers vs. Penn State Nittany Lions. Looked really good that day.

Maintaining reasonable turf conditions in late autumn and winter has been done before and can be done again. Allen indicated that once the schedule is out in April, they’ll plan for re-sodding so the field will be better late in the year. Glad to see that they are planning in advance. I am curious to know why they missed the opportunity last year — was that at the groundskeepers discretion or more likely, management?

On that other topic that has been getting some attention as of late:

In all seriousness, the arguments for changing the name are better than the ones for keeping it. I don’t plan on blogging about it anymore.

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Ben’s Chili Bowl to FedEx Field, already at Nationals Park. Your move, Ted Leonsis…

Word came out today that venerable Washington D.C. landmark Ben’s Chili Bowl will have stands at FedEx Field (@dcsportsbog), the Landover, Md. home of the Washington Redskins, this season. Ben’s has been selling half-smokes at Nationals Park, home of the Washington Nationals, since it opened in 2008. That means that 2 of the 3 biggest stadia in the D.C. area will have Ben’s. The big outlier — Verizon Center, home of the Washington Capitals and Washing Wizards does not, though it is only a few stops down the Green Line from the actual Ben’s.

In my list of deliverables for Ted Leonsis, one of the things I suggested was:

4. Improved food stands in Verizon Center

The one thing that Nationals Park has over every other sports venue in D.C. is the selection of food vendors, especially ones with a local connection. Yes, Ben’s Chili Bowl needs to be in Verizon Center…

Your move, Ted.

UPDATE: More details from DC Sports Bog (The Post): Ben’s Chili Bowl coming to FedEx Field. Apparently, the Redskins reached out to Ben’s when they heard that it was expanding. Another District location and one in Northern Virginia are being developed. Interesting — does Ben’s lose cache by having standalone stores other than U Street? You know, what, I don’t think I care, because a closer proximity to Ben’s half-smokes is pretty good news. I wouldn’t mind seeing stands at RFK Stadium for DC United games too.

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