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Redskins to Fans: Arrive Early

Friday, Sep 9, 2011  |  Updated 10:51 AM EDT
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LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 11: Fans wave flags before a game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Washington Redskins during the first Monday Night Football game of the season on September 11, 2006 at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland. The Vikings won 19-16. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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The Redskins are warning fans attending Sunday's season-opening game against the Giants at FedEx Field to arrive early due to additional security procedures that will be in place for the tenth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Parking lots will open at 12:15 p.m. and stadium gates will open at 2:15 p.m. for the 4:15 p.m. game. Fans will be required to go through security checks, including pat-downs, upon entering the stadium.

To make things go faster, here's a list of items you can't take into the stadium:

  • Bags, including backpacks, gym bags, duffel bags, packages, briefcases, large purses, etc.
  • Food and beverages of any kind
  • Umbrellas (plastic ponchos are available for sale at select merchandise areas)
  • Bottles, jugs, thermoses, cans, coolers, or any other container
  • Animals (except for certified guide dogs assisting disabled guests)
  • Whistles, horns and other noise makers
  • Weapons, firearms
  • Folding chairs

Fans bringing these items to the entry game will be required to return them to their vehicle. But we're guessing if you try to take weapons or firearms, well, you'll have some explaining to do to authorities.

Oh, and if you're driving to the game, your FedEx Field parking pass must be visible in the window of your car at all times, or you may be subject to towing.

The Redskins suggest that fans get to their seats by 3:15 p.m. in order to watch the pre-game ceremonies.

All fans at the game will receive American flags. Approximately 150 family members affected by the attack on the Pentagon, as well as first responders from Arlington County, will be honored during pre-game ceremonies. They will stand alongside players from both teams in holding an American flag that covers the entire playing surface during the singing of "The Star Spangled Banner."

Gen. Colin Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State, will serve as the Redskins' honorary captain for the coin toss.

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