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.
-- 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.
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.
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