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Football at FedEx Monday Night

The Redskins will play the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night at FedExField in their regular season opener. Game time is 7 p.m.

Metro has advice for fans on getting to the game, but I'd also like to hear from people who have driven to FedEx. What special challenges arise from a night game on a weekday? Is getting to the opening game the most difficult event of the season, because a certain percentage of fans are new to that trip? And has anyone who has traveled by transit encountered difficulties with the service, particularly after the game?

Here's what Metro advises:

-- Monday evening's rush hour is likely to be extra crowded because of the game. The subway system will remain open till 1 a.m. After the game, Metro will have up to 14 additional trains available on the Blue and Orange lines to ease congestion at the stations near FedEx. (The Nationals are playing out of town Monday night.)

-- Morgan Boulevard Station on the Blue Line is the closest, at nine-tenths of a mile, and there's a walkway offering direct access to the stadium. It's on the stadium side of the Beltway. Largo Town Center Station, also on the Blue, is a one mile walk from FedEx, outside the Beltway.

Morgan Blvd view.jpg The walkway to FedEx from Morgan Boulevard Station. (Robert Thomson)

-- There's also a Metrobus shuttle service to FedEx from Landover Station, on the Orange Line. It starts three hours before game time and continues two hours after the game. Cost is $5. Metro employees collect that when the bus arrives at the stadium.

-- You can drive to the Morgan Boulevard or Largo stations and park, but it will cost you $25 and you'll have to pay with Metro's SmarTrip card.

On Parking:

Drivers should note that if they want to park at the cash lots outside the Beltway, it will cost $35, up 40 percent from last year. There are shuttle buses from the cash lots to the stadium. To get to the cash lots, follow the same traffic pattern as last year from the Beltway: Exit 15A-Route 214 East and Exit 17A-Route 202 East.

The lots right around the stadium, inside the Beltway, are for permit parking. If you've got a parking permit, remember to display it, otherwise you'll wind up in the cash lots.

You must have a parking permit to use Jericho City of Praise church parking.

Parking on the stadium grounds for disabled people is first-come, first-served but you must have a pre-paid parking permit and a disabled person's license plate or tag.

The Redskins advise getting there early. Parking lots open at 3 p.m. and the stadium gates open at 5 p.m. There's a pregame ceremony marking the anniversary of Sept. 11, and they're suggesting you get to your seats by 6 p.m.

If you've got a problem with your car -- your locked out or need a jump, for example -- the Redskins offer complimentary auto assistance.

By Robert Thomson  |  September 8, 2006; 10:09 AM ET
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Taking Metro to Morgan Blvd is far faster than taking it to Landover and using the shuttle. It's a easy 15-minute walk and there's no traffic (or parking fees) to worry about.

Posted by: dl004d | September 8, 2006 10:07 AM | Report abuse

If you are comming from Virginia, there is no easy way as proceeding north on the Beltway is brutal all the way around at rush hour even when there is no game and South bound includes getting over the Wilson Bridge and all of its complications. If you try to get through the city you will surely meet traffic. Bottom line, it will be brutal unless you sleep in the parking lot on Sunday night!

Posted by: tkd | September 8, 2006 10:46 AM | Report abuse

If you exit at Morgan Blvd., do you still have to pay the $5 pedestrian fee to enter the stadium?

Posted by: wondering | September 8, 2006 12:54 PM | Report abuse

People should remember that there is little or no precedent for this game. while there have been Monday night games at FedEx before , they usually started later. This is a 7:00PM start so the mix of stadium and rush hour traffic --whether on the Beltway or the subway-- could be unprecedented. I love the earlier start to the Monday night game, but the mess could be incredible around 5:00-6:00 PM.
I'll be home by the TV.

Posted by: jmsbh | September 8, 2006 4:07 PM | Report abuse

you ARE locked out

Posted by: King Bee | September 8, 2006 4:33 PM | Report abuse

No "pedestrian fee" from Morgan Blvd. You just get off the Metro and walk on a sidewalk into the stadium parking lot. It takes about 15 minutes to get to the stadium.

Posted by: dl004d | September 10, 2006 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone know how long the bus from Landover takes? I'm only close to the Orange line (coming from Maryland. I've never heard of a pedestrian fee! Synder takes the cake.

Posted by: Vaughn Buck | September 11, 2006 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Is there any place to "tailgate" between the Morgan Blvd. stop and the stadium??? Thinking about having our own little picnic on our way from Metro to FEDEX Field (for Skins-Titans game).

Posted by: Fisch | September 23, 2006 7:22 PM | Report abuse

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