Washington Redskins season opener expected to draw 85K

Photo: The Associated Press

by Kristen Holmes

WASHINGTON (WJLA) - Monday is the Redskins' home opener against the Philadelphia Eagles and fans could not be more excited.

However, D.C. area residents should brace themselves for lengthy traffic jams as eager fans join commuters during rush hour.

An anticipated 85,000 people will travel to FedEx Field for the game, which starts at 6:55 p.m. For those headed to the arena and are hoping to avoid the gridlock, Metro's Blue Line stops within walking distance of the gates.

The Prince George's County Police Department is taking early precautions with plans to tweet traffic updates during the day Monday. In addition, the Redskins have set up stadium traffic guides on their website. Drivers are also encouraged to sign up for traffic alert text messages.

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PGPD to Deliver Game-Time Traffic in Real Time

On Monday, the Prince George’s County Police Department will offer football fans heading to FedEx Field and rush hour commuters real-time game day traffic information. As the Redskins prepare to take the field for the 2013 home opener against the Philadelphia Eagles, the PGPD Special Operations Division is preparing for its own big night. The Department’s Media Relations Division will tweet out traffic information from the police command center at FedEx Field to help both fans getting to and from the game and commuters heading home their best travel options. You can follow PGPD’s #GameTime at @PGPDNews and share what you’re seeing on the roads around FedEx Field to make the season opener a success, both on the field and on the roads.