Washingtonians will say goodbye Sunday to Robert F. Kennedy Stadium, the 21-year-long home to the D.C. United soccer team.
The Black-and-Red will play their final game at the stadium on Sunday, Oct. 22 at 4 p.m. against the New York Red Bulls.
Originally named D.C. Stadium, the facility opened in 1961 for baseball, football and concerts, according to the RFK Stadium's website. The Washington Redskins played there for 35 years.
Now the arena will begin a new life. Events DC, the city's sports authority, is planning an almost half-billion-dollar makeover of the area after D.C. United moves out next year. These plans include multipurpose fields and a sports and recreation complex, plus neighborhood shopping and a Robert F. Kennedy memorial, Events DC President Greg O’Dell told News4.
The soccer team will upgrade to shiny new turf once the Audi Field opens in 2018. The stadium, located at Buzzard Point in Southwest, D.C., will fit 20,000 people, feature 31 luxury suites, a bike valet and 500,000 square-feet of retail and residential space, according to the D.C. United team website.