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In the corner of the Red Zone parking lot, beside the line of coniferous shrubbery that outlines its boundaries, a group of tailgaters has been setting up shop since 1999, the first year that FedExField opened.

"We've never missed a game," says June, of Brookeville Md., who brings her extended family into communion with two friends that parked beside them for a tailgate back then and haven't stopped.

And it seems like a match made in heaven when you consider their two cars – one gold, the other burgundy – lined up next to each other.

Her friend juts in and says she "came out of the womb screaming" as a Redskins fan. So, you get the picture.

The group gets to the stadium an hour before the gates open, making sure they grab their spot early. Preseason is a way for them to get ready – for the traffic, the lines and their food preparation – so they're ready to go for opening day.

"We are a well-oiled machine after all these years," June says.

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Her son, Bryan, is the primary chef and Thursday he grilled the typical fare of burgers and hot dogs. As it gets colder they'll host a turkey roast and bundle up beside a pit fire and propane heater.

The enjoy the camaraderie of their tradition. It provides them a chance to see  each other each week even though they live in separate areas.

"This is the only time we see them," said Mike, Anne's husband.

Before I leave, June takes me over to a makeshift bathroom and points inside to a small toilet bowl. In the bowl, a Cowboy helmet is perched, a target, for, well, you know. 

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