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Expect Heavy Traffic Around FedEx Field Today

The soccer game between D.C. United and Real Madrid is scheduled to start at 3 p.m., and that's likely to crowd the Capital Beltway, Central Avenue, Arena Drive and Landover Road in Landover. Plan to get there early, and bring some water. It's going to be very hot and humid.

The Arena Drive/Capital Beltway interchange, which has been closed for construction, will open temporarily at 11 a.m. to handle traffic to and from the game. The Landover Road and Central Avenue interchanges are the other main highway access points, but of the two, the Maryland State Highway Administration recommends the Central Avenue connection to minimize delays.

Though the stadium gates won't open till 1 p.m., the parking lots at FedEx open at 10 a.m. They're free today. One quirk: The road that circles FedEx won't be open. So target your parking lot using the roads on this map.
Once you drive into the FedEx complex, you won't be able to drive to another lot.

Here's a page that will help with driving and Metrorail directions. I think Metro's Blue Line to Morgan Boulevard Station is the best bet. From the station, you walk a bit less than a mile north on a sidewalk to reach the stadium. But again, it will be hot, so bring some water.

Parking at Metro lots and garages is free on weekends. Metro says it will have extra trains on standby to relieve any crowding after the game.

Here's a map of the area.

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By Robert Thomson  |  August 9, 2009; 7:04 AM ET
Categories:  Congestion , Driving , Events , highways  
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Go DC United! Gomez and Emilio goals, and a Kaka rejoinder in the second half is not enough: 2-1 DC ;)

Posted by: iammrben1 | August 9, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

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