As we all know, the DC metro area is notorious for its endless miles of construction zones, detour routes and crazy traffic jams. Don’t let the stress of driving to the stadium and finding a place to park ruin your tailgating mood. For the best parking and tailgating experience, check out these tips for FedEx Field.
Getting to the Stadium
Depending on who the Redskins are playing (like key division rivals – Philadelphia Eagles), traffic to the stadium backs up all the way to the Beltway. The good news is that there are multiple exits to get to all parking areas around the stadium—Landover Road, Arena Drive and Central Avenue. Due to its close proximity to the stadium, Landover Road and Arena Drive are the most popular. The Maryland State Highway Administration encourages fans to use Central Avenue to help minimize delays. For the least stressful experience, be sure to head to the stadium at least three hours before the start of the game.
Permit and Cash Parking Lots
FedEx Field offers seven permit parking lots and four cash parking lots. The permit parking lots are mostly located around the stadium and are divided by colors—orange, green, platinum, purple, gray, gold and maroon. In most cases, parking permits are provided to season ticket holders though fans may be able to find permits for sale via resale websites like eBay, Craigslist or StubHub. Parking permits are valid for one parking spot and must be displayed at all times. Cash lots, operated by FedEx Field, are located within a short walking distance from the stadium and run between $30 and $45, though pricing and parking availability are subject to change. For those traveling by bus, limo or RV, head toward the maroon parking lot. A permit is required to park here so contact the Redskins Ticket Office at (301) 276-6050 to purchase one in advance.
Fans can get their tailgating party started in all parking lots four hours before the start of the game. In most cases, fans may use an empty parking spot for their tailgating party until another car needs to park. Fans who desire the use of more than one parking spot for their tailgating party will be directed to park and party in the back of the lots. Fans are encouraged to be considerate of other fans’ vehicles, to not use foul or abusive language or behavior (no matter how much you hate Cowboys fans) and to watch their alcohol consumption prior to and during the game. Fans are also encouraged to practice safety precautions when using grills and to properly dispose of all trash and flammable materials in the appropriate receptacles.
Handicapped/Disabled Access and Parking
FedEx Field offers on-site parking and game-day accommodations for disabled/handicapped fans. Fans who require a handicap parking spot must present both an on-site parking permit and a state-issued disabled parking permit and/or license plate. Upon your arrival to the stadium, a parking attendant will direct you to the appropriate lots. If you need additional assistance, text the word SKINS and your location to 69050 or call the Operations hotline at (301) 276-6100.
Traffic and Game-Day Alerts
No matter how much you prepare to beat the throngs of die-hard Redskins fans, traffic jams, accidents and other maddening delays happen while you’re en route. With stadium traffic text alerts, a service provided by the Washington Redskins, you will stay ahead of the mad dash to FedEx Field. Simply text RSTRAFFIC to 44636, or click here, and receive traffic alerts and advice to find the best way to the stadium plus breaking news, field conditions, weather reports and up-to-the-minute stats on your favorite Redskins player. Happy tailgating!
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