When it comes to tailgating, the earlier, the bigger, the better. At least, that used to be the case with home games for the Washington Redskins.
Today, the first day of the new tailgating rules for the team go into effect at FedEx Field. As noted in a letter this summer to some Redskins' suite holders, a parking attendant is going to choose a spot for your car, tailgating is limited to "the last few rows of each lot" and it's flat-out barred in Platinum Lots.
A few tailgaters Sunday morning were happy to tell NBCWashington exactly what they thought about the new rules.
"It's a raw deal. People should be able to go where they want in the stadium," one tailgater said. "They should've left it alone. If it wasn't broke, don't fix it."
But Redskins officials said the large tailgating parties infringed upon others who were having smaller parties, or who were simply coming to park and watch the game. Their take is that the new rules will make traffic better, before and after the game.
Stay tuned to NBCWashington for post-game reaction.