Football in Washington, D.C.

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Washington Redskins. The perennially popular Redskins play football in the Maryland suburbs at 79,000-seat FedEx field. Super Bowl wins in 1983, '88, and '92 have ensured the Skins a place as one of the top three most valuable franchises in the NFL. Diehard fans snap up season tickets year after year, especially after the acquisition of the explosive new quarterback, Robert Griffin II, or RGII as he's known to the fans. Individual game-day tickets can be hard to come by when the team is enjoying a strong season. Your best bet is to check out StubHub (www.stubhub, the official ticket marketplace of the Redskins.)

Several restaurants overlook the field, and the stadium houses the Redskins Hall of Fame. A large installation of solar panels, including one shaped like a giant quarterback and dubbed "Solar Man," powers the lights. Outside of the football season, the field attracts big-name music acts and college sports. Parking is a hassle, so take the Metro or arrive several hours early if you don't want to miss the kickoff.

Game tickets can be difficult to get, but fans can see the players up close and for free at the Bon Secours Training Camp in Richmond, Virginia. Camp begins in late July and continues through mid-August. The practices typically last from 90 minutes to two hours. Fans can bring their own chairs, and the players are usually available after practice to sign autographs. Call ahead to make sure the practices are open that day. A practice schedule is on the team's website. FedEx Field, 1600 FedexWay, Landover, MD, 20785. 301/276–6000 FedEx Field. www.redskins.com. $75–$1,200.

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