As DC area residents know, hitting the road just a mere 10 minutes later than originally planned makes all the difference between getting to your destination on time and getting there 1.5 hours late. To ensure you arrive at a Redskins tailgate party on time, as well as make it back home before sunrise, be sure to follow these tailgate timing tips.
On Your Way to The Tailgate Party
Great news Redskins fans, the parking lots at FedEx Field are open four hours prior to the start of any game. While it may sound odd to drink beer and eat hamburgers and hot dogs at 9 a.m., it’s also the best time make your way towards the stadium. Take the Beltway towards Maryland and get off at one of three convenient exits—Arena Drive, Landover Road or Central Avenue. Once at the stadium, follow the signs to your designated parking lot if you have a parking pass or make your way towards the cash lots. Getting there early also provides you plenty of time to set up your tailgate, cook all that good grub, play a couple of rounds of cornhole and mingle with other diehard Redskins fans with ease.
Depending on where your tailgate is set up, getting to the stadium might require a bit of a hike. While police officers and parking attendants do a great job directing pedestrians and traffic, Redskins fans are encouraged to head towards FedEx Field at least 45 minutes prior to the start of the game. Leaving early will allow you plenty of time to walk to the stadium, get through security, find your seats and make any kind of run—whether it’s for beer, food, Redskins memorabilia or the bathroom—prior to kickoff. For fans who require assistance getting around the stadium, flag down a parking attendant for help, send a text to 69050 with the word SKINS and your location or call FedEx Field Operations at (301) 276-6100.
Plan Your Exit Strategy
Whether the Redskins win or lose, leaving the stadium is known to be a bit of a nightmare. If you don’t mind leaving early or you traveled via public transportation, make your way out of the stadium around the start of the fourth quarter. Once you get to your car, tune in to a local radio station to catch all the action on your way home. Do you prefer to stay for the entire game? Then hang around your seats until the stadium looks mostly empty. Once you make your way out of the parking lot, head towards the opposite direction on the Beltway. Yes, it may add a few extra miles to your trip however it may also deduce extra minutes spent in bumper-to-bumper traffic.
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Susan Diranian is a freelance writer living in Ashburn, VA. She is covering Travel & Outdoors. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.