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 Robert F. Kennedy Stadium1961-now  
October 1, 1961
First 'Skins Game
October 1, 1961
Last 'Skins Game
December 22, 1996
D.C. Sports & Entertainment Commission
Construction Cost
$20 million U.S.
Grass (Prescription Athletic Turf)
45,596 (Baseball); 56,692 (Football & Soccer)
George A. Dahl; Osborn Engineering
RFK Stadium
Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium opened in 1961 as D.C. Stadium and was the home to the Washington Redskins for 36 NFL seasons (1961-1996). Today RFK is home to Major League Soccer's D.C. United and Major League Baseball's Washington Nationals (until their new stadium is completed for the start of the 2008 baseball season). Rumor has it that Daniel Snyder is thinking of building a new stadium on the land when both the Nationals and United have left for new stadiums.
  Notable Stadium Occupants   Did You Know?

Washinton Nationals

The Washington Nationals came to Washington, D.C. for the 2005 season, after playing in Montreal as the Montreal Expos. Before the move, no team in Major League Baseball has relocated since 1972, when the Washington Senators left the same RFK Stadium and moved to the Dallas/Fort Worth area, becoming the Texas Rangers.
D.C. United D.C. United moved into RFK at the inception of Major League Soccer (MLS) in 1996, and they have been there ever since. They will continue to play at RFK until their new 27,000 seat stadium is complete on the east side of the Anacostia River (near Poplar Point).
Washington Redskins In the fall of 1961, the Redskins moved to the newly built D.C. Stadium (re-named RFK Stadium in 1968). The Redskins played there until 1996 when they moved to JKC stadium (now Fed Ex Field).

Washington Senators

When the original Washington Senators moved to Minnesota in 1960, Major League Baseball awarded a team to Washington giving it the same name as the team that left the year before.

They played at RFK Stadium until 1971. The team's final game in RFK Stadium was on September 30th against the New York Yankees. The Senators had to forfeit the game when irate fans stormed the field to protest the impending move.
Washington Federals The Washington Federals of the now infamously defunct USFL, called RFK home in 1983 and 1984. They only won seven games in that time, but five of them were at RFK.

» In the 1982 Playoffs, the fans at RFK were chanting, 'We want Dallas! We want Dallas!' in the late stages of a convincing 2nd round victory over Minnesota.

The cheers intensified and Redskin fans started bouncing in unison. The stadium seemed to 'come alive' and was actually swaying up and down. Legend has it that the first and second sections actually compacted by nearly a foot.
» RFK is the 4th oldest active stadium in Major League Baseball behind Wrigley Field, Fenway Park and Yankee Stadium.
» The stadium is expected to be demolished after both the Washington Nationals and D.C. United move into their new stadiums in the city in 2008 and 2009 respectively.
» There have been some informal talks about building the Redskins a new domed stadium on the site after the Nationals and D.C. United move.
» The stadium hosted its first baseball All-Star Game in its first season of 1962, which was attended by Robert Kennedy's brother, President John F. Kennedy
» The stadium is only half a mile from the Stadium-Armory station of the Washington Metro, and is served by both the blue and orange lines. It is also served by Metrobus lines B2, D6, E32 (at Eastern High School), 96, and 97.

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