Redskins’ home opener to cause major traffic delays

FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2012, file phot, Washington Redskins quarterbacks Robert Griffin III (10) and Kirk Cousins (12) warm up before the start of an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams in St. Louis. A rookie will start at quarterback for the Redskins on Sunday. It will be either Griffin or Cousins facing the Cleveland Browns. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam, File)

WASHINGTON – The Redskins home opener on Monday Night Football will put a crimp in many commuters’ plans that evening as the ‘Skins host the Eagles.

“It’s the regular Monday afternoon rush hour coupled with the Monday Night Football game at FedEx Field could be very ugly on Monday,” says WTOP director of traffic and transit Jim Battagliese.

The start time is moved up to 6:55 p.m., which pushes up the opening of the gates and parking lot. Fans can access the parking lots around FedEx Field starting at 3 p.m. and the gates open at 5 p.m.

The best advice from the Traffic Center: leave as early as possible and expect delays if you’re heading in the direction of the burgundy and gold.

“This is a Monday evening rush hour, so it’s going to be nasty heading to FedEx Field or if you’re heading home through that area,” Battagliese says.

The Redskins have set up stadium traffic updates to help fans navigate their way to and around the stadium on game days. Fans can text RSTRAFFIC to 44636 or sign up for mobile text alerts.

Fans can review directions to FedEx Field in case they want to try another route or need to access a different parking zone.

Below is a map of FedExField:

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