RFK Memorial Stadium (Senators, Redskins, Nationals)
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RFK Stadium is located at 2400 East Capitol Street in southeast Washington, D.C. The stadium was home to the American League Washington Senators starting in 1962. Known then as District of Columbia Stadium, in 1969 the ballpark was renamed in memory of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. The Senators played at RFK through the 1971 season, when the franchise moved to Arlington, Texas, and was renamed the Texas Rangers.
RFK is a multi-purpose stadium which also hosted the National Football League Washington Redskins beginning in 1961, through the 1996 season. Likewise, Major League Soccer's D.C. United has called RFK its home since 1996. The stadium has hosted other professional sports teams such as the Washington Freedom and the Washington Diplomats.
These seats were removed during the RFK Stadium's renovation prior to MLB's return to DC in 2005. The seats were in service for 44 years from opening day in 1961 to 2005.
RFK was the fourth multi-purpose stadium built in the country, Municipal Stadium in Cleveland being the first. Baltimore's Memorial Stadium was the second such stadium and Metropolitan Stadium in Minneapolis was the third. Thus, RFK is the oldest multi-purpose stadium still standing in the United States.
RFK Stadium was the last major league baseball park in the country where fans could walk around the entire perimeter of the upper deck seating bowl and see the game.
On September 30, 1971, the Washington Senators played their final game at RFK, a game they were wining 7-5 over the New York Yankees. The fans lost the game for the Senators, who had to forfeit their last contest here to the Yankees. With two outs in the top of the ninth and Washington leading the Yankees 7-5, several hundred fans stormed the field. The announced attendance for that game was 14.460. The expansion Washington Senators of the American League played at RFK Stadium from 1962 through 1971. They played their first season in 1961 at Griffith Stadium.
After a brief return of MLB baseball to RFK, on September 23, 2007, the Nationals played their final game at RFK, a 5-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. The announced attendance for that game was 40,519.
RFK Stadium was home to the Redskins for 36 seasons, from 1961 through 1996. The Redskins' last game at the stadium was a victory, as 56,454 saw a 37-10 win over the division champion Cowboys on December 22, 1996. Redskins played 266 regular season games at RFK, compiling a 173-102-3 (.628) record, including an impressive 11-1 record in the playoffs.
D.C. United of Major League Soccer played nearly 450 matches at RFK Stadium from the team's debut in 1996 until 2017, when they moved to a new stadium. During that time, RFK hosted three MLS Cup finals, including the 1997 match won by D.C. United. With its new stadium, Audi Field, due to open on July 14, 2018, D.C. United played its final game at RFK on October 22, 2017, completing 22 seasons at the stadium, during which the team won four league titles.
For more interesting facts about RFK Stadium, check out its Wikipedia page.