The Redskins, home for two weekends in a row, play the Minnesota Vikings at FedEx Field on Sunday at 4:25 p.m. Here are some reminders for those heading to the game or just hoping to avoid the game-day traffic congestion.
The Capital Weather Gang forecast calls for warmer temperatures on Sunday and some showers on Sunday night.
Get there early. The FedEx parking areas open four hours before game time, and the stadium opens two hours before games.
Before and after stadium events, traffic surges on Landover Road, Central Avenue, Baltimore-Washington Parkway, Southeast-Southwest Freeway, Interstate 295/D.C. 295 and the eastern side of the Capital Beltway. Traffic in the Landover area will be at its worst in the two hours before kickoff.
Three Beltway interchanges at Landover Road, Arena Drive and Central Avenue offer access to FedEx Field. As game time approaches, the Landover Road and Arena Drive exits tend to be the most crowded. Central Avenue, the southernmost of the three exits, is the one that the Maryland State Highway Administration recommends to minimize delays.
The highway administration also suggests that drivers going west on Central Avenue consider bypassing the right turn onto Brightseat Road and turning right instead on Morgan Boulevard to reach their permit parking areas.
On the Beltway in Landover, through traffic should stay as far left as possible. The right lanes will slow. Approaching the stadium area, Beltway drivers will notice a solid white line separating through lanes on the left from the collector-distributor lanes on the right that lead to off-ramps and on-ramps.
As drivers get onto the roads nearest the stadium, they will see overhead arrows and color-coded markers indicating lanes leading to the permit parking areas. Pay attention to the traffic directions from the stadium staffers out in the roads and in the parking lots.
The lots closest to the stadium are open to permit holders only. The permits cover one parking space and can’t be used for additional tailgating room.
There are several cash lots off Jericho City Drive, to the southeast of the stadium, and one north of the stadium just west of Brightseat Road and south of Landover Road.
The Blue Line’s Morgan Boulevard station is the closest to FedEx. The stadium is a little less than a mile north along a sidewalk. The walk to the stadium is slightly uphill. Largo Town Center station, also on the Blue Line, is the next closest. Make sure you have your SmarTrip card or paper Farecard loaded for a round trip so you won’t have to wait in long lines at fare vending machines after games.
Metro currently has Red Line single-tracking scheduled between Grosvenor and Twinbrook and between NoMa and Fort Totten. Green Line trains will single-track between Fort Totten and Prince George’s Plaza. Part of this depends on what happens with the Nationals, of course. If the Nationals are playing on Sunday, Metro could tweak the work schedule. We’ll have the latest on that on the Dr. Gridlock blog.
Parking is generally free on weekends at Metrorail lots and garages, but there are special rules for the Morgan Boulevard and Largo Town Center stations during FedEx Field events.
Drivers who park at the stations to go to FedEx must pay $25 with a SmarTrip card. The reusable cards cost $5. The premium fee for parking is in effect from three hours before the game until two hours afterward. Metro doesn’t allow tailgating in its parking areas.