Look at the parking lots at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland on any given game day, and you will see burgundy and gold standing out through the smoke from numerous grills. The smell of burgers, ribs, sausage, or other favorite tailgating foods filling the air, causing even the strongest willed to fall prey to the indulgence. The party in the parking lot is a time honored tradition that is repeated game after game, regardless of the weather, and certainly adds to the fan experience.
Washington Redskins fans are amongst the most enthusiastic and loyal in all of football. Coming off of a rough season last year, with an overall record of 5 wins and 11 losses and only 2 wins at home, the Washington Redskins are celebrating their 80th anniversary this year. That, with the excitement surrounding new players and healthier returning players, should prove a gameday trip to FedEx field to be a fun-filled family destination. The first regular season home game against the Cincinnati Bengals is quickly approaching on Sunday, September 23 at 1 p.m. ET.
Here is what you need to know when planning to tailgate at FedEx Field.Parking
Parking at FedEx Field has several options available. All lots except for one require a permit that must be purchased prior to the game and must be displayed on the vehicle at all times. Permits are based on individual game availability and can only be purchased the week of the game. Prices for parking permits are $35 for cars and $100 for RVs, buses and limos. In addition, a $15 handling fee will be added for each permit. FedEx Field also has one cash lot which charges $50 per car.
All lots at FedEx Field open four hours prior to kickoff and all permit tailgating. Tailgating must be limited to one space, so if traveling with a group it is advisable to arrive together. Groups that want to use more than one space may do so in the back area of the lot until the lot fills and the spaces are needed.Grilling
Grilling is allowed on the parking lots at FedEx Field. Grills should be several feet away from vehicles and must be within your permitted space. Ensure parking lot aisles are not blocked and enough room is allowed for passing vehicles. Grills should never be left unattended when hot. Used charcoal may be discarded in the ash dumpsters provided on the lot. Never store grills while they are still hot and never store hot grills under vehicles.Activities
Tailgating activities that do not require space beyond your permit are welcome. Team spirit signage must not contain any vulgarity or be considered harassing in any way. Games must stay within your space and care must be given to not block the aisles to passing vehicles. Enjoy the tailgating experience; just be courteous to other fans.Alcohol
Alcohol is permitted at your tailgate party for persons age 21 and older. Persons 21 and older with valid proof of age can purchase alcohol at the stadium. The stadium can refuse entry to anyone deemed too intoxicated.Cleanup
All tailgaters are expected to leave their space clean when they leave. Ensure you pack trash bags for cleanup and place them in the receptacles on the lot. Ensure grills are cool and everything is packed up safely.Tips
Plan to bring foods that complement the weather such as chili on a cold gameday.
Consider subs or sandwiches instead of cooking.
Using plastic storage containers can make cleaning up quicker.
Do not forget to pack trash bags; one for trash and one for recyclables.
Be sure to bring wet wipes and/or hand sanitizer to clean up after eating or for personal use at the portable restrooms.
Ensure you bring your enthusiasm and sportsmanship to the game.
Additional Sources: FedEx Field Ticket Office Phone: (301) 276-6050
Ellen Simpson is a native to Southern Maryland and has been fan of football most of her life. Traveling to many sports events for her children, tailgating became a necessity. Her advice to the novice tailgater, "Watch your time. Cleanup can take longer than you expect. You don't want to miss the start of the game."
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