Map prepared by the 11th Street Bridge project shows detour routes to and from RFK’s Lot 8 with section of Southeast Freeway closed.

A section of the Southeast Freeway that used to lead soccer fans to Lot 8 at RFK Stadium is now a long stretch of dirt, with the occasional bulldozer and set of steel beams awaiting placement to support a new boulevard.

So what’s a D.C. United fan to do this season? The 11th Street Bridge project, supervising the freeway reconstruction, has some advice on a detour.

To RFK from Interstate 395: Continue across the 11th Street Bridge over the Anacostia River. (That’s also I-695.) Take the ramp for northbound DC 295. Move toward the right so you’ll be able to take the exit for westbound Pennsylvania Avenue and cross the river again via the Sousa Bridge. Make a sharp right around Barney Circle SE to reach the Stadium Access Road into Lot 8 on the southeast side of RFK.

While coming around Barney Circle, you could also make a left onto 17th Street SE, then go right on Potomac Avenue SE and turn left onto 19th Street SE. At Independence Avenue SE, turn right and continue to Lot 8, which will be on your right.

Leaving RFK: Officials with the project think your best bet on exiting Lot 8 is to continue across the East Capitol Street (Whitney Young) Bridge over the Anacostia River and take the exit on the right for southbound DC 295.

Continue to the new ramp on the right of DC 295 that leads onto the 11th Street Bridge (I-695 again). Since you’re heading for I-395, stay in the left of the two lanes on that ramp so that once on the bridge, you will need to move only one lane to the left to be lined up for I-395.

D.C. United plays Real Salt Lake in the home opener of the 2013 season at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Metro: Many fans will take the Blue or Orange lines to the Stadium-Armory station near RFK. They should be aware that Metrorail’s maintenance program will affect all lines this weekend, with an especially big impact on the Blue and Orange Line service. Here are the details for the disruptions on those two lines, which begin at 10 p.m. Friday and continue through the rail system’s midnight closing Sunday.

Orange Line: Free shuttle buses will replace trains between Stadium-Armory and Cheverly. The Minnesota Avenue and Deanwood stations will be closed. Trains also will be sharing a track around a work zone between East Falls Church and West Falls Church.

Trains will operate between Vienna and Stadium-Armory and between New Carrollton and Cheverly about every 20 minutes. The shuttle buses will follow two routes, one a local that will stop at all stations between Stadium-Armory and Cheverly, the other an express, stopping only at Stadium-Armory and Cheverly. Taking the express probably will add about 20 minutes to normal travel time. Taking the local all the way would add about 30 minutes.

Blue Line: Shuttle buses will replace trains between Stadium-Armory and Benning Road. Trains will operate about every 20 minutes between Franconia-Springfield and Stadium-Armory and between Largo Town Center and Benning Road. Add about 15 minutes to normal travel time if using the bus bridge.


There is some free bike parking near Lot 3, the main gate and Gate F. A Capital Bikeshare station with 15 docks is located at 19th and East Capitol streets SE. To see the status of all Capital Bikeshare stations, go to

Cyclists can use bike lanes on C Street, D Street, East Capitol Street, 14th Street and 15th Street. The Benning Road Bridge over the Anacostia River has a wide sidewalk.