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Getting to FedEx tonight

By Robert Thomson

FedEx fields.jpg
FedEx Field in Landover awaits fans for tonight's game vs. Eagles. (Thomson)

The Redskins play the Eagles at FedEx Field at 8:30 p.m. That means extra crowding on the Capital Beltway and other roadways near Landover, as well as on Metro's Blue Line. The Capital Weather Gang's SkinsCast calls for temperatures in the 50s, with a slight chance of rain. Here's what you need to know about getting to and from the game.

On game days, traffic volumes surge on Landover Road, Central Avenue, the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and the eastern side of the Beltway.

Three Beltway interchanges -- at Landover Road, Arena Drive and Central Avenue -- offer access to FedEx Field. The Landover Road and Arena Drive exits tend to be the most crowded, especially Landover Road as game time approaches. Central Avenue, the southernmost of the three exits, is the one that the Maryland State Highway Administration recommends to minimize delays.

Consider Beltway alternatives. For example, a Northern Virginia driver could come across the 14th Street bridge on Interstate 395, cross the Anacostia River via Pennsylvania Avenue, pick up Minnesota Avenue SE, turn right on B Street SE, right again on East Capitol Street, which becomes Central Avenue, then take Morgan Boulevard north to the stadium.

The lots around FedEx open four hours before game time. Drivers leaving the lots after games will be directed to dedicated lanes to ease congestion. Watch the stadium personnel and the overhead lane lights.

Tailgating is permitted in all the parking lots. People who want to tailgate in more than one space will be directed to the back of the lots, where they can take up additional space until it's needed for other parkers. Single-space tailgaters will be directed to the front of the lots.

The Blue Line's Morgan Boulevard Station is the closest to FedEx. The stadium is a little less than a mile north along a slightly uphill sidewalk. Largo Town Center Station, also on the Blue Line, is next closest.

Metrorail will stay open an extra hour, until 1 a.m. Tuesday, to take fans home. (The Redskins pay for that.) The last Blue Line train headed toward Franconia-Springfield will leave Largo Town Center at 12:24 a.m. and Morgan Boulevard at 12:27 a.m. If the game goes into overtime, trains will be available. Metro will add trains at the end of the game.

Fans who park at Morgan Boulevard or Largo Town Center will have to pay $25 using a SmarTrip card when they exit the parking areas. Cash is not accepted. Paid parking at these two stations begins three hours before kickoff, and continues two hours after the game.

[To address a question about this from 1995hoo: Metro spokesman Steven Taubenkibel says the parking payment plan applies only to people who park their cars at those stations and walk to the stadium. Someone coming from, say, Metro Center by Blue Line to pick up their car won't be charged the $25. The SmarTrip card would be able to detect that and deduct only the normal parking fee, not the football fee.]

By Robert Thomson  | November 15, 2010; 9:30 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories, Blue Line, Capital Beltway, Events, Metro  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock  
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