You can feel it. The days are starting to get shorter, the nights are getting cooler and the kids are back in school. It’s football season, folks, and with each passing weekend full of fantasy drafts, the excitement builds. And in Philadelphia, the anticipation is even higher with the dawn of a new coach and a new system. The Eagles season starts in grand style on Monday night, September 9, against the Redskins in Washington. You can be sure that Birds fans will travel down I-95 in droves, just as Phillies fans do when they visit the Nationals. With each preseason game, the anticipation mounts for the start of a new NFL season.
The Eagles and the Redskins have been rivals since the 1930s and the pendulum has swung fairly equally towards both teams during that time. Having won the division last year and possessing one of the most dynamic quarterbacks in Robert Griffin III, it is currently swinging towards the Redskins. The Eagles are seemingly set for a transition year under new coach Chip Kelly, but with his unconventional fast-paced, no-huddle heavy offense, the NFL could be surprised by the Eagles and taken by storm.
The Redskins play at FedEx Field, which is located in Landover, Maryland, outside of the DC city limits. They have played there since 1997, replacing the infamous and still-in-use RFK Stadium, which is within city limits. The stadium is the largest in the NFL in seating capacity. Because of its location in a sea of parking lots, the tailgating is robust. Get there early because the DC traffic situation is legendarily bad. You and your fellow Birds fans can set up shop early in the morning and hang around long after the game until the traffic dies down.
Just as was referenced in our prior article profiling DC when the Phils were in town, staying the night or the weekend in DC really is easy, no matter where in the city you set up shop. That’s because DC has one of the most efficient public transportation systems in the country. No matter where in the city you stay, there is a Metro train station close by with easy transfers to the Blue Line that goes to Morgan Boulevard Station which is less than a mile from Fedex Field. The Metro will take you right to the doorstep of all of the major DC tourist draws, such as the White House, the Smithsonian, the Capitol and many more places.
Once the game is over, or if you are hanging around for a few days, it is time to enjoy the fantastic and diverse nightlife scene that DC has to offer. For those that want to imbibe, DC has many different places to choose from in each and every section of the city. You can find the many choices here. One notable place is Blackfinn DC which has a solid sports bar scene and good food. And for huge craft beer fans, Mecca is located near the Logan Circle section of DC. Yes, Churchkey is craft beer heaven and an absolute MUST visit for those that love craft beer. Both of these places were worth a repeat mention from the prior article profiling DC. There is also the Mad Hatter, which has a cool Alice in Wonderland theme and some stellar food and drink to go with it.
Eagles football is back and it’s time to prepare for an exciting new era. Experience it with fellow fans on the road, on Monday night, against a division rival. Eagles fans, maybe even more so than the other teams in the city, travel extremely well. You can expect seas of green throughout the DC metro throughout NFL opening weekend. If the Eagles can beat the ‘Skins in Week One, the anticipation for the home opener back at the Linc in Week Two will be palpable.