|FedEx Field, after walking a mile from the metro|
I decided the extended hours were actually happening, since I know that special events organizers have to pay metro to make that happen, and metro wouldn't just forget. So Monday afternoon, we headed out to FedEx field.
As we were making our way out of the station, metro workers were herding us through the station and onto the sidewalk towards the stadium. One worker was on her megaphone, announcing repeatedly that the last train that night would be leaving the station at 11:30. This, of course, is not extended hours. We just shrugged our shoulders and walked away, but knowing metro, I was a little worried.
We made the mile-long trek to the stadium during which we passed an ice cream truck waiting to serve us, and a woman selling bottles of water off her front porch (for only $1).
At 11:30 the game was still going. I looked around at the 91,000 people in the stadium and didn't see a mass exodus to metro. Either no one else heard the announcements in the station, or they just didn't care. I was on the not caring side.
Finally after midnight we made our way to the metro (made difficult by the lack of a single sign inside or outside the stadium hinting at what direction that may be). Lo and behold, trains were running! And it was after 11:30!
I ended up on a blue line train and had to transfer to an orange to get back to my car. I switched at Rosslyn, and two more blue line trains came through before the final orange line of the night. I heard announcements in the system about trains holding, which I think was to make sure everyone catching trains from the stadium had a chance to transfer to the last trains on other lines. So, thanks metro for that. But no thanks for the lack of correct operating time information, either online or via the station manager that afternoon.