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Redskins Stadium to be renamed FedEx Field on Sunday

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Posted: Friday November 19, 1999 05:20 PM

  The Redskins have played in Jack Kent Cooke Stadium since 1997. Al Bello/Allsport

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The home of the Washington Redskins gets its second name change of the year Sunday.

The facility formerly known as Jack Kent Cooke Stadium and currently called Redskins Stadium will be renamed FedEx Field before kickoff of the home game against the New York Giants.

This week, Federal Express and the Redskins completed a 27-year deal for the naming rights to the 80,166-seat stadium in Landover, Md. Team sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed to The Associated Press that the deal is worth $205 million.

Former Redskins owner Cooke built the stadium, but died months before the first game was played there in 1997. Son John Kent Cooke decided to forego a lucrative naming rights sale and instead named the stadium after his late father.

But when Dan Snyder purchased the team and stadium for $800 million in July, he took Cooke's name off the burgundy and gold facade and started using the name Redskins Stadium.

Before 1997, the Redskins played at city-owned RFK Stadium in Washington.

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