ASHBURN, Va. -- The Washington Redskins haven't been worth the price of admission for their fans for more than a year. But now, as their record continues to get worse, that price has plummeted.
The franchise that once boasted a season-ticket waitlist near 100,000 people now has a team whose tickets are being sold online for as little as $4.
According to the website seatgeek.com, which resells tickets and also tracks the market, some tickets for Sunday's game against the St. Louis Rams are selling for $4, with standing-room tickets a dollar cheaper.
Even on stubhub.com, there were more than 6,400 tickets for sale starting at $5.25 -- far less than the $10 cost to watch the Virginia High School League football playoffs.
That's quite a comedown for a franchise that always sold out thanks to a large and passionate fan base. The capacity of FedEx Field has been reduced over the years from 91,000 to 79,000. But with the Redskins reeling at 3-9 and with fan apathy increasing, the demand to watch a game against a 5-7 team is low.
The tickets being sold this past week averaged $31, the cheapest tickets since the 2009 season -- the second year of the failed Jim Zorn era. Near the end of that season, owner Dan Snyder made grand changes in the organization, firing then-executive vice president Vinny Cerrato and hiring Bruce Allen as general manager, and eventually Mike Shanahan.
The website also reported that the so-called "Dream Seats" -- behind the Redskins' sideline -- are available for $91, several hundred dollars below face value. And, according to the site, only the Redskins, Vikings, Rams and Raiders have played home games for which tickets have been resold at an average price of less than $40.
It doesn't help that the player who once provided hope for this starving fan base, quarterback Robert Griffin III, is now a cause of frustration. His future in Washington is in doubt, with the coaching staff uncertain how long it will take him to develop. But the franchise made a heavy investment in getting him, and some in the organization want to give him more chances to improve.