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Old 11-30-2006, 10:24 AM   #1
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How do I get the full FedEx Field experience?

Greetings Friends.

Long-time lurker, finally decided to register.
So...I was able to get season tickets this year, and I've been to every game save one. But...we usually barely make it their in the nick of time due to poor planning. (workin on that!)
Now I'm hoping someone can write up a brief guide or something on how to take full advantage of going to the game.

Some things I would love to get information on: Any way to meet players to get autographs (before or after the game)? Any chance to meet opposing team's players? Any fan activities pre/post-game? Any further tip & tricks for getting to the stadium (as of now we've settled for the metro...I live in fairfax, va). I'm sure I've forgotten a few things, so feel free to add anything you would deem "must see!".

Any and all info would be greatly appreciated.

PS: As far as meeting opposing team's players go, this week's game has extra significance because I would really like to get some VTech memoribilia signed by Vick (cousin's birthday). Thanks again!
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Old 11-30-2006, 10:38 AM   #2
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Re: How do I get the full FedEx Field experience?

If you want to get the real experience, the first thing I WOULDN'T do is take the metro. Get a parking pass and set up and tailgate. It's some of the best tailgating in the NFL. If anything, the cash lots have pretty decent tailgating themselves.

After the game, go to the player's exit and stand closer to their car lot because most of them stop by there. It's hard to get a chance to see other team's players (why would you want to anyway ), but they exit a little further down and usually come in buses.
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Old 11-30-2006, 02:31 PM   #3
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Re: How do I get the full FedEx Field experience?

What are the chances of running into players before the game?

Also...I have upper level seats. Am I allowed to move down (lower level) during warm-ups?

And usually I woulnt't really want anything to do with the opposing team, but I would really like to get my cousin something signed by Vick =P
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Old 11-30-2006, 02:43 PM   #4
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Re: How do I get the full FedEx Field experience?

I highly doubt you'll get anything signed from the opposing team. If you want to go down on the field during warm-ups, just walk around until you find a cool security guard to let you down there. Some of them are jackasses and won't even let you go a few rows down to take pictures. A lot of times, find one who is busy and just walk down there like you know what you're doing. I haven't seen them sign anything before the game at all, so I'd wait until afterwards.
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Old 11-30-2006, 02:48 PM   #5
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Re: How do I get the full FedEx Field experience?

Full experience=Get there early light a grill and pop open a beer.

Not sure if autographs are possible but if they are it would probably be more likely after the game where the players exit the stadium...
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Old 11-30-2006, 03:13 PM   #6
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Re: How do I get the full FedEx Field experience?

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If you want to go down on the field during warm-ups, just walk around until you find a cool security guard to let you down there.
Whoaw...you mean the actual field? like on the grass?

And thanks a lot for the rest of the info. Appreciate it.
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Old 11-30-2006, 03:26 PM   #7
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Re: How do I get the full FedEx Field experience?

I'll reiterate what these 2 have said...the ultimate experience involves arriving when the parking lots open (if not earlier), tailgate, make your way into the game at kickoff, and afterwards, either tailgate some more or join the autograph hounds at the Player Entrance.
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Old 11-30-2006, 03:43 PM   #8
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Re: How do I get the full FedEx Field experience?

To reiterate what BDBohnzie reiterated is: Get to the game several hours early(I like around three hours before game) find a good parking spot (I like the closes Red lot on Arena Drive and backing right up to the road) now you can fire up the grill pop open a beer and watch all the people coming and going. You will now be right in the thick of thing and only have about a 10min. walk to the stadium. If you arrive 3 to 3 1/2 hour before the game its a straight shot in with very little traffic. After the game we fire the grill back up and wait for the traffic to slow.
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Re: How do I get the full FedEx Field experience?

I have to say this as well about the Red Lots. The Green Lots have vastly better tailgating but getting out afterwards is a pain in the ass sometimes. The Red Lots have much better access getting out.
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Old 11-30-2006, 04:02 PM   #10
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Re: How do I get the full FedEx Field experience?

arrive 4 to 5 hours before game time and have a tailgate
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Old 11-30-2006, 04:20 PM   #11
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Re: How do I get the full FedEx Field experience?

You need to get there no later than 10:30a for a 1:00p game. That gives you two hours to tailgate, then head in and make it to your seats by kickoff. If you want to get down to the lower level seats before the game, add an hour. After the game, the players exit by the "A" parking lot (at least, they used to).
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Old 11-30-2006, 04:23 PM   #12
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If you really want the Redskin experence pick up a cheerleader. Ups, thats the Colley experence!
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Re: How do I get the full FedEx Field experience?

you mean the cooley exp.
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Re: How do I get the full FedEx Field experience?

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If you really want the Redskin experence pick up a cheerleader. Ups, thats the Colley experence!

HAHA... Hey that was my plan.. I thought that would give me the Cooley experience... I really wish I had not cut my hair, I couldhave bought a Cooley jersey and pulled it off.. lol
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Old 11-30-2006, 05:45 PM   #15
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Re: How do I get the full FedEx Field experience?

The one thing I discovered this year was how to get autographs. The players parking lot is between gates D and E. If you get there early enough some players will sign on their way into the stadium. After the game you go and stand behind the gates they set up specifically for autographs. The players leave the stadium usually pretty quickly and a lot of them will sign. I have a lot of good autographs. And even if they don't sign it is cool to see every players walk by and you can get pictures. The longer you wait after the game the harder it is to get autographs b/c a crowd builds and if you aren't at the front it tough but the crowd is never that big.
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