Washington Commanders Game Day Guide: Visiting FedEx Field

Posted on September 9, 2022 - Last Updated on September 12, 2022

The Washington Commanders enter the 2022 season in improved NFC East standing as they look to secure their third playoff berth since 2012.

Before you head to your next NFL matchup at FedEx Field, take a look at this guide for everything you need to know about attending a game.

Washington Commanders game day parking

The Commanders’ current home field, FedEx Field, is located in Landover, Maryland. For those planning to drive, the stadium is located off I-495. Parking in the area, however, will eat up $65 of your budget. If you don’t mind walking a short distance, multiple private lots surround the stadium and offer more affordable options.

Trying to avoid the traffic? Take either the blue or silver lines to the Morgan Boulevard Metro Station, then take a leisurely 1-mile stroll to the stadium. Rideshare platforms like Uber and Lyft also offer transportation to the game. The designated drop-off location for these can be found at the RedZone parking lot to the west of FedEx Field.

The RedZone Lot also happens to be where Commanders tailgating takes place. So if you’re planning to tailgate before the game, you’ll want to reserve a parking spot there.

FedEx Field tailgating

Tailgating has become a tried and true tradition for Washington fans at FedEx Field. Bring your grills, coolers, chairs and tables to make the most out of your time. Lots open 4-5 hours before kickoff (depending on the area) and close 2 hours after the game ends. The Commanders’ website notes that “football is a family sport” so have fun as your prepare for the game!

Washington Commanders Tailgate Cookout

 

FedEx Field policies & rules

Once you’re ready to head into the game, you’re going to want to have your tickets handy. These can be either physical tickets or the digital type. Depending on where you’re sitting, you’ve got seven stadium entrances to choose from.

There are a few things you won’t be able to bring in with you, however. Some of the most popular items FedEx Field prohibits include:

  • Bags including backpacks, diaper bags, packages, fanny packs, etc.
  • Food and beverages
  • Seat cushions that have zippers or pockets
  • Umbrellas
  • Whistles, horns, etc.
  • Battery powered clothing
  • Native-American-inspired ceremonial headdresses or face paint

For a complete list of prohibited items, browse through the official FedEx Field stadium guide.

Washington Commanders Fans

Food & drink inside FedEx Field

When it comes to your choices for food, FedEx Field has you covered. They’ve got kiosks like Pit Beef and Johnny Rockets that offer all your traditional hamburger and sandwich fare. Then there’s Casa De Avila for the taco lovers and Black Rifle Coffee for the caffeine connoisseurs. And of course no meal is complete without a little something sweet, so head over to South Mountain Creamery for some delicious ice cream.

Feeling thirsty? Prepare your budget accordingly — the Commanders sell the most expensive beer in the NFL. Bud Light can be found at all concession stands. Specialty beer, wine and liquor, on the other hand, are each available at select locations.

 

Washington Commanders betting guide

Commanders fans will soon be able to wager on their beloved NFL team right from FedEx Stadium. Washington partnered with FanDuel and applied for a retail sports betting license in early August. Although this license has received final approval, an official debut date has yet to be announced.

Now that mobile sports betting is legal in Maryland, football fans can soon also use their mobile devices to wager from the stadium or anywhere else within the state.

The Commanders’ current odds of winning this year’s division, NFC and Super Bowl are:

Washington Commanders home game schedule

The 2022 Commanders regular season schedule is as follows:

DateOpponentTV Channel
Week 1vs. Jacksonville JaguarsFOX
Week 2at Detroit TigersFOX
Week 3vs. Philadelphia EaglesFOX
Week 4at Dallas CowboysFOX
Week 5vs. Tennessee TitansCBS
Week 6at. Chicago BearsAmazon
Week 7vs. Green Bay PackersFOX
Week 8at IndianaFOX
Week 9vs. Minnesota VikingsFOX
Week 10at Philadelphia EaglesESPN
Week 11at Houston TexansFOX
Week 12vs. Atlanta FalconsFOX
Week 13vs. New York GiantsFOX
Week 14vs. New York GiantsFOX
Week 15
Week 16at San Francisco 49ersCBS
Week 17vs. Cleveland BrownsFOX
Week 18vs. Dallas CowboysFOX

Hotels & lodging near FedEx Field

If you’re heading to a Commanders game from out of town, its always best to lock in your lodging as soon as possible. There are more than a handful of hotel options within a mile of FedEx Field, but these locations tend to fill up fast for home game weekends.

Instead, try getting creative with your lodging. A variety of hotel and Airbnb options also exist within the towns surrounding the stadium. Browse through options in Landover or in the nearby towns of Largo, Springdale, College Park, Cheverly, and even across the border in D.C.

Things to do while in town

Yes FedEx Field is in Maryland but if you decide to venture out for a full weekend of activities, a visit to Washington, D.C. should certainly be on the agenda. The weather may be getting colder but sightseeing at the National Mall can still be quite enjoyable. Be prepared to walk, though — the journey from Lincoln Memorial to the U.S. Capitol is longer than you’d expect.

If you hop on the metro from Landover, it will take about 25 minutes to get to the Smithsonian stop.

With Maryland still months away from launching mobile sports betting, a stopover in D.C. is the best bet for Commanders fans itching to wager on a game. Unlike other states with legal sports betting, D.C. online sports betting features only one sports betting app, GambetDC. But with no sportsbook competition in the region, the odds may not be worth it. So make sure you like the wager!

Photo by AP/Nick Wass
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Ethan Matthew was born and raised in Silver Spring and has written articles for PlayVirginia and George Washington University's HNN. He also researched and wrote content for museum exhibits in both Boston and Washington, DC.

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