The Washington Football Team will be entering its second season with its current name. As the team gears up to welcome a full allotment of fans back into FedEx Field for the first time under this new identity, it's taking another step further to move away from its former moniker. The club announced on Wednesday in its stadium policies and protocols for the 2021 season that fans are not allowed to wear Native American-inspired ceremonial headdresses or face paint at the stadium this season.
The 2021 season will be the first time since the name change that Washington will open its doors at full capacity. This announcement also comes prior to the team holding a stadium practice on Friday with approximately 20,000 fans expected to flood FedEx Field, which will be the biggest crowd since the 2019 home finale.
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This new policy is also the latest attempt by the franchise to further distance itself from Native American imagery as it continues to rebrand itself. Last month, Washington president Jason Wright wrote on the team's website that the team's new name will not link itself to Native American imagery.
"We have 89 years of history in this league and failing to acknowledge our past use of Native imagery in the consideration of the new name wouldn't be mindful of the individuals and communities that were hurt by the previous name," Wright wrote. "We've made significant changes in our organization and our culture, and our new name must reflect these changes. To that end, we will choose an identity that unequivocally departs from any use of or approximate linkage to Native American imagery."
Washington is expected to announce its new name and logo in 2022 but will keep the burgundy and gold coloring.