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Posted at 2:40 PM ET, 09/29/2009

Getting to FedEx Field for U2 Tonight

By David Malitz

So, you're going to the U2 show at FedEx Field tonight. And you haven't left yet?! Stop reading this post and get in the car -- now!

OK, I'm exaggerating a little. Is getting to and from FedEx Field a bit of a logistical nightmare? Yes. Can you make it there without popping a vein in your forehead? Yes. Just know your exit. As I drove to last month's Paul McCartney concert (from D.C.) there was an enormous line at Exit 17. This is the first exit coming from D.C. that has signs directing traffic to FedEx Field. Naturally, everyone started to exit.

Do not make this mistake.

There are numerous other ways to get to FedEx Field. You will experience less traffic, emptier parking lots and will have an easier time getting out. In fact, on the official press release about directions provided by Live Nation it says the following about exit 17: THIS WILL BE THE BUSIEST EXIT TO THE STADIUM AND SHOULD BE BYPASSED IF AT ALL POSSIBLE. (Live Nation used the caps lock and bold.)

Timing details: The parking lot opened at noon. The box office will open at 3 p.m. for people who need to pick up tickets at will call. [Update: You can also still buy tickets to the show.] Doors to the stadium open at 5 p.m. Opening act Muse will take the stage at 7 p.m. Expect U2 on stage around 8:45 p.m. The concert is supposed to be over by 11 p.m.

For those taking Metro, the Morgan Boulevard Metro Station is running extended hours, and the final train will depart at 12:24 a.m. Make sure that you will be able to make your connecting trains, though. For all of your driving info -- and again, there are dozens of routes -- straight from the source, check after the jump. Then get in the car and go!

Look for a review on Post Rock early tomorrow morning; leave your reviews of the show there.

See a map and the Google map directions just to get your bearings. But for smarter directions and more options, read below.

From Northern Virginia via the Wilson Bridge

· I-495/I-95 North to exit 13 (Ritchie-Marlboro Rd.). Turn left (west) going toward Capital Heights. Follow the signs for Capital Heights around two traffic circles. The road will change names to Walker Mill Road. Turn right onto Ritchie Road. Ritchie Road will turn into Garrett A. Morgan Boulevard. Follow to stadium.

· I-495/I-95 North to exit 15 (Central Ave.) Bear left off the exit ramp and follow to the traffic light. Turn left at the traffic light onto Central Avenue/214W.Turn right onto Garrett A. Morgan Boulevard. Follow to stadium.

· I-495/I-95 North to exit 16 (Arena Drive). Turn left off the exit. Follow to stadium.

· I-495/I-95 North to exit 17B (Landover Road/MD-202 West) toward Bladensburg. Turn left at the traffic light onto Brightseat Rd. Follow to stadium. Remember, THIS WILL BE THE BUSIEST EXIT TO THE STADIUM AND SHOULD BE BYPASSED IF AT ALL POSSIBLE

From Northern Virginia via the American Legion Bridge

· I-495/I-95 North to exit 22B (Baltimore-Washington Parkway) toward Washington. Take the exit for MD-202. Turn left at the traffic light off the exit onto Landover Road/MD-202 East (sign says South) toward Cheverly. Take Landover Road/MD-202 East to Brightseat Road. Turn right onto Brightseat Road. Follow to stadium.

· I-495/I-95 North to exit 19B (US-50 West) toward Washington. Take exit 3 for Landover Rd./MD-202. Turn left at the traffic light off the exit onto Landover Rd./MD-202 East (sign says South) toward Cheverly. Take Landover Road/MD-202 East to Brightseat Road. Turn right onto Brightseat Road. Follow to stadium.

· I-495/1-95 North to exit 15B (Central Avenue/214W).Turn right onto Garrett A. Morgan Boulevard. Follow to stadium.

· I-495/I-95 North to exit 16 (Arena Drive). Turn right off the exit. Follow to stadium.

· I-495/I-95 North to exit 17B (Landover Road/MD-202 West) toward Bladensburg. Turn left at the traffic light onto Brightseat Road. Follow to stadium.

From Prince George's County

· I-495/I-95 to exit 22B (Baltimore-Washington Parkway) toward Washington. Take the exit for MD-202. Turn left at the traffic light off the exit onto Landover Road/MD-202 East (sign says South) toward Cheverly. Take Landover Road/MD-202 East to Brightseat Road. Turn right onto Brightseat Road. Follow to stadium.

· I-495/I-95 to exit 19B (US-50 West) toward Washington. Take exit 3 for Landover Road/MD-202. Turn left at the traffic light off the exit onto Landover Road/MD-202 East (sign says South) toward Cheverly. Take Landover Road/MD-202 East to Brightseat Road. Turn right onto Brightseat Road. Follow to stadium.

· Martin Luther King, Jr. Highway/MD-704 Southwest. Take ramp onto Landover Rd./MD-202. Take Landover Rd./MD-202 to Brightseat Rd. Turn right onto Brightseat Rd. Follow to stadium.

· I-495/ I-95 to exit 15 (Central Avenue) if coming from the south. Bear left off the exit ramp and follow to the traffic light. Turn left at the traffic light onto Central Avenue/214W. Turn right onto Garrett A. Morgan Boulevard. Follow to stadium.

· I-495/I-95 to exit 15B (Central Avenue/214W) if coming from the north. Turn right onto Garrett A. Morgan Boulevard. Follow to stadium.

· I-495/I-95 to exit 16 (Arena Drive). Turn right off the exit if coming the north. Turn left off the exit if coming from the south. Follow to stadium.

· I-495/I-95 to exit 17B (Landover Road/MD-202 West) toward Bladensburg. Turn left at the traffic light onto Brightseat Road. Follow to stadium.

From Anne Arundel County

· US-50 West toward Washington. Take exit 3 for Landover Road/MD-202. Turn left at the traffic light off the exit onto Landover Road/MD-202 East (sign says South) toward Cheverly. Take Landover Road/MD-202 East to Brightseat Road. Turn right onto Brightseat Road. Follow to stadium.

· US-50 West to I-495/I-95 South to exit 15B (Central Avenue/214W).Turn right onto Garrett A. Morgan Boulevard. Follow to stadium.

· US-50 West to I-495/I-95 South to exit 16 (Arena Drive). Turn right off the exit. Follow to stadium.

· US-50 West to I-495/I-95 South to exit 17B (Landover Road/MD-202 West) toward Bladensburg. Turn left at the traffic light onto Brightseat Road. Follow to stadium.

From Montgomery and Howard counties

· I-495/I-95 to exit 22B (Baltimore-Washington Parkway) toward Washington. Take the exit for MD-202. Turn left at the traffic light off the exit onto Landover Road/MD-202 East (sign says South) toward Cheverly. Take Landover Road/MD-202 East to Brightseat Road. Turn right onto Brightseat Road. Follow to stadium.

· I-495/I-95 to exit 19B (US-50 West) toward Washington. Take exit 3 for Landover Road/MD-202. Turn left at the traffic light off the exit onto Landover Road/MD-202 East (sign says South) toward Cheverly. Take Landover Road/MD-202 East to Brightseat Road. Turn right onto Brightseat Road. Follow to stadium.

· Martin Luther King Jr. Highway/MD-704 Southwest. Take the ramp onto Landover Road/MD-202. Take Landover Road/MD-202 to Brightseat Road. Turn right onto Brightseat Road. Follow to stadium.

· I-495/I-95 to exit 15B (Central Avenue/214W). Turn right onto Garrett A. Morgan Boulevard. Follow to stadium.

· I-495/I-95 to Exit 16 (Arena Drive). Turn right off the exit. Follow to stadium.

· I-495/I-95 to exit 17B (Landover Road/MD-202 West) toward Bladensburg. Turn left at the traffic light onto Brightseat Road. Follow to stadium.

From Washington

· East Capitol Street (becomes Central Avenue) into Maryland. Turn left onto Garrett A. Morgan Boulevard. Follow to stadium.

· New York Avenue (becomes US-50 East) into Maryland. Take exit 3B for Landover Road/MD-202 East toward Upper Marlboro. Take Landover Road/MD-202 East to Brightseat Road. Turn right onto Brightseat Road and follow to the Gray Lot. (Gray Lot only).

By David Malitz  | September 29, 2009; 2:40 PM ET
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Comments

What's funny is that these are the same instructions that i would have given anyone going to the capital centre 25 years ago. NEVER, EVER, EVER, EVER take the first exit that everyone else is taking -

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | September 29, 2009 5:49 PM | Report abuse

I saw U2 twice, both times in the old Tampa stadium. Had 12th row once. They are really good. Worth whatever hassle you have to go through to get there.

Posted by: Dionysis | September 29, 2009 7:55 PM | Report abuse

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