Do you plan on tailgating at the FedEx Field on October 14th for the Vikings/Redskins match up? If so, read on for 10 essential tips to know before you hit the road to begin tailgating.

1. Read the Washington Redskins stadium tailgating guide: Before you tailgate, be sure to familiarize yourself with the stadium’s official policies. Tailgating rules vary from market to market, so read up on the FedEx Field’s tailgating policies to avoid unexpected hassles.

2. Plan your route: Research your route ahead of time to avoid any potential delays, like road construction. Consider taking routes that are a bit less travelled. Although they might seem a bit more roundabout, they could cut the commute time down, allowing you more tailgating fun.

3. Parking: At the FedEx Field, most lots require a pre-purchased permit. Permits may be purchased during the week of the game and are based on individual game availability. Parking permits are valid for one parking spot and must be displayed at all times. All lots permit tailgating and open four hours before the game begins. Parking permits may be obtained via eBay, Craigslist or StubHub or by calling the Redskins Ticket Office at (301) 276-6050. For additional information on parking, read FedEx Field Parking & Directions.

4. Stay updated: Even though you may have done your part by planning ahead, unexpected occurrences can disrupt even the most carefully crafted plan. From traffic jams to accidents to road construction, delays can cause setbacks en route. Sign up with the Washington Redskins Fan Zone to receive up-to-date mobile alerts that keep you informed of any unexpected delays.

5. Go local: Skip the watery, mass-produced grocery hotdogs and pick up some fresh, local meats from popular meateries like The Butcher’s Block and Wagshal’s. Fellow tailgaters will be delighted with your selection.

6. Go local, part two: In addition to going native with your tailgating menu, why not pick up a local brew to wash it all down with? Pick up beer from popular local breweries like DC Brau and Chocolate City Beer to bring with to the big game in lieu of mass-produced beers you can get anywhere. Since we’re on the subject of alcohol, the stadium can refuse entry to anyone deemed too intoxicated, so keep the drunken antics to a minimum.

7. Grilling: What’s a tailgate without a grill? When tailgating in designated FedEx Field lots, make sure that your grill remains within your permitted space and is not blocking any aisles. When setting up your grill, make sure it is an appropriate distance from neighboring vehicles. Don’t leave your grill unattended and discard of charcoal ash properly after use by locating a designated ash dumpster.

8. Sportsmanship: While there’s nothing wrong with a healthy dose of rivalry, be courteous. Don’t use foul language when conversing with tailgaters who support the opposing team and don’t start fights. Just because you’re there to enjoy the competition on the football field doesn’t mean you have the right to create your own in the parking lot.

9. Tailgating activities: During breaks or lulls in the pre-game events, bring along activities for your crew to participate in to keep tailgating fun. Since parking permits are valid for one parking space, make sure you plan for activities that accommodate the allotted space. Challenge a fan of the rival team to a game of cornhole.

10. Cleanup: Once you are ready to head into the game, make sure your tailgating area is cleaned up. Redskins fans need to show respect both for the team and the facility.

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