The Redskins announced a deal with Uber to set up a location for pickup and drop-off on game days at FedEx Field. The designated Uber lot is located in the Prince George's County Sports Complex with the specific address of 8001 Sheriff Rd., Hyattsville, Md., 20785.
UPDATE: According to information obtained by CSN, the team's deal with Uber will include a new pedestrian walkway that cuts through Lot D which makes the walk about a half mile. Further, there will be no fee for drop-offs at the location but users will pay a $2.50 events fee for pick-ups only. Uber riders will be alerted to the fee before they confirm their ride.
The move should help in a number of ways: For starters, Uber drivers will now have a specific location they can enter. In the past, some drivers will try to enter parking lots without permits, then be forced to turn around, which slows oncoming tailgaters down. In other situations, drivers will let passengers out on roads approaching the stadium, causing traffic backups and dangers to riders.
What's particularly helpful is that the designated location provides riders looking for rides after games a specific area to wait for a ride. The scene surrounding FedEx Field after games can often be chaotic, and streamlining the shared ride access should help.
"Continuing to improve the game day experience is paramount and we see Uber’s ride-sharing service playing an important role with us,” Redskins Executive Vice President Terry Bateman said in a statement. “We are excited to partner together to better serve our fans."
It's unknown at this time what impact this deal will have on taxis in and out of FedEx Field or competing ride share services. While the new partnership with Uber will not solve all traffic and parking woes at Redskins home games, it appears a step in the right direction. It's also unknown if the designated Uber location will bring with it additional fees.
Some on social media also complained about the distance from the pickup/drop-off location to the stadium, which depending on entrances and exits could be a mile or more.