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Getting to U2 Concert Tonight at FedEx

The eastern side of the Capital Beltway is likely to be filled with regular commuters and concert-goers. The U2 show at FedEx Field in Landover is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.

The challenge: FedEx is a football stadium. Since it's opening, football fans have learned how to get on and off the roads and in and out of the parking lots. When the stadium serves as a concert venue, the regulars are replaced by fans of the group performing. For thousands of them, it's their first time dealing with the venue.

Driving: Plan on getting there early. You'll probably still get stuck in traffic, as did the fans of Paul McCartney who went to his show there in August, but you'll at least be inside for the first set.

Best Bet: The Arena Drive/Beltway interchange, the closest one to the stadium, is now open all the time. It's one of three Beltway exits near the stadium, the other two being Landover Road and Central Avenue. The Maryland State Highway Administration recommends Central Avenue, because it tends to be less crowded than the other two.

Taking Transit: You can do this. You'll still be traveling with a crowd, but it's likely to be less of a headache than if you were behind the wheel of a car. Take Metrorail to Moran Boulevard Station on the Blue Line, then walk slightly less than a mile north, mostly on a sidewalk, to the stadium. Metro is going to keep the Morgan Boulevard Station open till 1 a.m. for people returning from the concert. They'll be able to transfer from the Blue Line to other lines to get home.

Here's a map of the stadium area.

By Robert Thomson  |  September 29, 2009; 8:54 AM ET
Categories:  Driving , Events , Metro , transit  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, FedEx Field, U2, concert  
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So, if I need to transfer to the orange line (I live in Ballston), what's the LATEST I can catch a train at Stadium-Armory to transfer?

Posted by: ACW11 | September 29, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse

So under Best Bet: I'm confused. You say rena Drive/Beltway interchange (is there an exit #?) but then say that the MSHA recommends Central.

So we have two best bets. Is there one that's best?

Posted by: momgeekgrrl | September 29, 2009 1:03 PM | Report abuse

From Dr. Gridlock: momgeekgrrl, I'd go for the Central Avenue exit over Arena Drive, because the State Highway Administration says it tends to be less crowded. Central Ave. is exit 15. Arena Drive is exit 16. Landover Road is exit 17.

ACW11, Metro is saying that everybody who gets on a Blue Line train at Morgan Boulevard before that station closes at 1 a.m. will be able to transfer to trains on the other lines. There's not a schedule showing transfer train times at the various stations.

Posted by: rtthomson1 | September 29, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Hmm, so maybe if I want specifics I should ask the station manager at Morgan then?


Posted by: ACW11 | September 29, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

What about Metro parking? If you parking at the long-term parking, then it says it closes when Metro closes, which is midnight. Will we still be able to get our cars? We were planning to park at Addison Road and metro over, but now I wonder if we should.

Posted by: vtgirl1993 | September 29, 2009 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Dr. Gridlock: Yes, vtgirl, you'll be able to get the cars from the Metro parking after midnight.

Posted by: rtthomson1 | September 29, 2009 5:34 PM | Report abuse

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