WFT bans fans from wearing Native American headdresses or face paint to games


The Washington Football Team will no longer permit fans to wear Native American-inspired regalia to games at FedEx Field, the team announced in an update to its stadium policies and protocols on Wednesday.

The Washington Football Team, a placeholder name for the organization formerly known as the "Washington Redskins" — a moniker ditched after 87 years in the summer of 2020 amid mounting pressure from sponsors to adopt a less offensive nickname — is expected to give way to a more permanent nickname following the 2021 season.

Until then, the organization has made clear it will drop all Native American imagery from its current and future iterations, thus prompting this week's update as the organization prepares to welcome fans back for the 2021 season.

Under an item listed as "Approved Fan Attire," the organization specifies: "We are excited to welcome everyone back wearing their Burgundy & Gold. However, Native American inspired ceremonial headdresses or face paint may no longer be worn into the stadium."

No other sets of attire are listed among those disallowed on stadium grounds.