FedEx Field Stadium Guide: All You Need to Know When Attending a Commanders Home Game

FedExField opened in 1997 as Jack Kent Cooke Stadium but was later renamed. The stadium has a capacity of 67,717. 

The Washington Commanders have had a rocky start with a 1-2 record so far, but they have seven home games remaining in the regular season to get things right, so here’s a guide to what you need to know before going to see the Washington Commanders at FedEx Field.

In the future, fans will be able to place sports bets at the stadium, as the franchise has been approved for a retail sports betting license. Details on the timing and features of the sportsbook are still to come.

Parking

FedExField has 18 parking lots including one dedicated just to RV/buses. 

The stadium also has the RedZone lot, which is the best lot for tailgating. That lot has larger spaces, and it opens an hour before any other parking lot at the stadium. 

The Gray Lot allows fans to pay when they arrive to park instead of having to pay in advance. 

At FedExField each lot uses its own roadways so it’s important to follow the directions available on the Commanders website to avoid any confusion on gameday. 

All of the parking lots other than the RedZone Lot open at 9 a.m. on game days. Parking lots close two hours after the game ends. 

For fans looking to avoid driving to the game, it is possible to get close to the stadium using the Metro. 

Tailgating is allowed at FedExField and fans can use grills and set up tables and tents as long as you aren’t taking up another parking spot. 

Fans can tailgate up until kickoff but once the game starts it’s not allowed.

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What’s Allowed In The Stadium

The NFL adopted a clear bag policy for all of their stadiums. The bag can be no larger than 12” x 6” x 12”. Gallon plastic freezer bags are allowed as well as clutch bags that are no larger than 4.5” x 6.5”. 

Seat cushions are allowed in the stadium but they must not have pockets or zippers. No food or beverages will be allowed in the stadium as well as any water bottles or jugs even if they are empty. 

Cameras are allowed in the stadium but not camera bags.

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Food And Beverage

There is a wide range of food and beverage concession stands available throughout the stadium with options at the club level, upper concourse, and main concourse. 

They have chains like Johnny Rockets and Firehouse Subs but also local offerings like South Mountain Ice Cream, DMV Crab, and Seafood at the Shack. 

There’s a variety of different bar and drink offerings available but all alcoholic beverage sales end at the end of the third quarter of each game. A couple of the options are the Crown Royal Bar, FanDuel Bar, Smirnoff Bar, and more. The stadium is now a cashless venue. 

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Command The Canvas

One fun thing to keep an eye out for at Commanders’ home games is the Command the Canvas initiative. 

The initiative consists of different pieces of artwork that represent the DMV and Commanders team history throughout FedExField. Each piece was done by an artist local to the DMV area; 15 local artists were selected this year. 

Commanders’ Remaining Home Games 

Oct. 9 vs Tennessee Titans

Oct. 23 vs Green Bay Packers

Nov. 6 vs Minnesota Vikings

Nov. 27 vs Atlanta Falcons

Dec. 4 vs New York Giants

Jan. 1 vs Cleveland Browns

Jan. 8 vs Dallas Cowboys

AP Photo/Al Drago

About the Author

Kayleigh Toney

Kayleigh Toney is a Virginia-based freelance sports writer at Maryland Sharp. She’s an avid NWSL and USWNT fan and a lifelong Virginia Tech Hokie.