Welcome to the Washington Redskins Fans Meetup Group! This group was started in September 2011 by Raj Pal. Unfortunately, Raj had to step down in September 2012 because of professional obligations outside of the United States. Raj then "passed the torch" to me. I’ve never led a Meetup Group before this one. I have no managerial experience (at least not professionally) but I still have confidence that I can help make this group an excellent one. I'm happy to report that since becoming Organizer of this group, the membership has almost tripled in number (70 in Sept 2012 to 191 currently). I would like for that growth to eventually be reflected in the participation in the Meetups themselves as we continue to grow in number and become more active in planning events.
As we begin a new football season, tailgating at FedEx Field and meetings at various sports bars in the DC area will be our two primary activities. I was also considering another possibility. The party decks at FedEx Field can accommodate as many as 20 people per section. If enough members are interested, then I wanted to suggest possibly having at least some of our meetings at home games. This would allow us to gather as a group at a specific location in the stadium and be able to enjoy the excitement that just watching on TV doesn’t exactly provide.
Regarding actually getting to FedEx Field, let me offer some advice. If there is any way that you can use the Metro Rail, then I would recommend it. Otherwise, you will be dealing with a lot of traffic snarls on your way to the stadium. Depending on where you live in the D.C. area, or even if you’re visiting from outside the area, you will probably end up paying more to park at the stadium than you will to use the Metro Rail. Many of the Metro Stations have parking lots, so you can “Park and Ride.” The closest Metro Stations to FedEx Field are Morgan Boulevard and Largo Town Center, which are the two easternmost stops on the Blue/Orange Line. The only problem with using the Metro is that both stations are about a mile from FedEx Field, so wear some good walking shoes.
I’ve posted information about public transportation, related Redskins fans websites, my suggestion for possible meetups at home games, and information about the locations where we currently meet under the Pages tab of this website.
Let me tell you a little bit about me. I grew up just 2 hours south of here in Richmond, VA, so the Redskins were the only team that I followed. I remember first watching Redskins games in 1977. That was George Allen's final season as their head coach. Jack Pardee would coach the Redskins for the next three seasons, and he would post a 24-24 record before being replaced by Joe Gibbs in 1981. For me personally, I've seen the peaks and the valleys of being a fan of this team. From the glory days of The Hogs, The Smurfs, John Riggins, Joe Theismann, Art Monk, Gary Clarke, Ricky Sanders (The Posse), and Mark Rypien to the disappointments of the last 13 seasons where we, as fans, questioned many of the decisions over what was best for this team.
I truly believe that the Redskins have some of the most loyal and passionate fans in the NFL. To me, a true fan sticks by his/her team in good times and in bad. I'm 46 years old, so I've experienced both, but my love for this team has never wavered, and it never will. I look forward to hopefully meeting each and every one of you as we begin planning new meetings and activities. My best to all of you. HAIL TO THE REDSKINS!!!!!!!!!