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This page contains information about Commanders Field (formerly FedEx Field), with a focus on betting opportunities and a history of the venue.

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Commanders Field in Landover, MD is the home of the NFL’s Washington Commanders. Formerly known as FedEx Field, the stadium underwent a name change in late February 2024 after FedEx ended the naming rights agreement, which had been in place since 1999.

In this piece, we’ll take a look at Commanders Field from a betting-focused perspective, as well as provide a history of the facility. Note that because the arena has changed names several times, we will be using the of the field at the time when discussing events in stadium history.

About Commanders Field in Maryland

The vision for Commanders Field began in 1994 when Washington’s then-owner Jack Kent Cooke wanted to pursue a more profitable venue than the team’s previous home arena, Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium in Washington D.C.

After deciding on a location just off the Capital Beltway, construction began and the stadium was ready for use in 1997, opening on September 14. Cooke passed away before stadium construction was complete, leading his sons to name the field in his honor. Washington won its first game at Jack Kent Cooke Stadium, defeating the Arizona Cardinals 19-13.

From 2002 to 2008, FedEx Field was the most-attended stadium in the NFL, with attendance often exceeding the posted arena capacity. While the official capacity is listed at 67,617, a 2007 game against the rival Dallas Cowboys saw 90,910 fans in the building as Washington clinched a playoff spot.

Today, the stadium has become much-maligned for poor field conditions and fan accommodations. In 2022, a poll run by Bet For the Win (part of USA Today’s Sports Media Group) ranked all 30 NFL Stadiums and Commanders Stadium finished 30th; the poll cited deteriorating stadium conditions (including a burst pipe that poured questionable water on fans), traffic backups while getting to the stadium, and high concessions prices.

In 2024, an NFLPA report card also had Washington ranked last in players’ assessments of their own facilities, ownership, coaching staff, and team personnel. While the players acknowledged the blame for many of these issues falls on previous ownership, they expressed a dire need for improvements. The team is reportedly planning $75M in field upgrades during the 2024 offseason.

When not in use for football, FedEx Field has hosted the Prince George’s Classic (a college football game played annually between various historically black colleges and universities), international and exhibition men’s and women’s soccer matches (including the 1999 Women’s World Cup quarterfinals), rugby union matches, and many concert performances.

Is there sports betting at Commanders Field?

Yes, there is sports betting at Commanders Field. Fanatics Sportsbook at Commanders Field is located next to the team store and allows fans to make wagers through eight staffed betting windows and 21 self-service betting kiosks.

Additionally, fans can place wagers from their seats while attending games by using a Maryland mobile betting app or online web browser, though cellular service may experience interruptions due to the large number of people at the field.

Commanders Field and Fanatics Sportsbook partnership

The Washington Commanders forged a partnership with Fanatics Sportsbook MD in November 2022 and opened a sportsbook facility inside FedEx Field in January 2023. This made Fanatics the first legal retail sportsbook to open inside an NFL stadium.

Fanatics is also a sports merchandising giant and operates the team stores throughout the building.

History of Commanders Field

  • 1994: After failing to secure land to build a new stadium in Laurel, MD, Washington owner Jack Kent Cooke chooses Landover as the new home for the team.
  • 1997: Jack Kent Cooke stadium opens on September 14 as Washington hosts the Arizona Cardinals (with the home team winning 19-13 to christen the new venue).
  • 1999: Dan Snyder purchases the team and stadium in May, selling the naming rights to FedEx for 27 years in November.
  • 2000: FedEx Field leads the NFL in attendance for the full season (the 1999-00 campaign). On January 8, Washington defeated the Detroit Lions 27-13 for their first playoff win at FedEx Field.
  • 2005: FedEx Field sets an attendance record with 716,998 fans coming through the gates.
  • 2007: In a late-season game against the Dallas Cowboys, Washington clinched a playoff spot with a 27-6 win in front of a record crowd of 90,910.
  • 2011: Over a two-year span, 14,000 seats are removed from the stadium’s upper deck due to a lack of ticket demand.
  • 2021: A pipe at FedEx Field bursts during a game, spilling water onto fans. Some in the crowd claimed they were hit with sewage water while the team said the leak was water from a storage tank that was filled with rainwater. The fans in the affected area were upgraded to suite level for the remainder of the game.
  • 2022: Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts suffers an injury while walking down the away team tunnel. A barrier separating fans from the field collapsed, sending several individuals falling from the stands. Several witnesses said the team did not check on the fans who fell or provide medical services and that Hurts was the only one to ask if fans were OK. Hurts later wrote an open letter to the league calling for the team to address arena conditions and safety concerns for the fans and players.
  • 2023: Josh Harris buys the Commanders and FedEx Field.
  • 2024: Harris invests $75 million in field upgrades. FedEx ends its naming rights deal for the facility, two years before the deal with the Commanders was set to expire.

Contact & opening hours

Address: 1600 Fedex Way, Greater Landover, MD 20785
Opening hours: General admission to Commanders games sees gates open two hours before kickoff.
Website: https://www.commanders.com/stadium/
E-mail address: [email protected]
Phone number: (301) 276-6000