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Planning Begins for Demolition of RFK Stadium

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    Planning Begins for Demolition of RFK Stadium

    D.C.’s sports authority is planning for the demolition of RFK Stadium, former home to the Washington Redskins. News4's Justin Finch reports. (Published Friday, Sept. 6, 2019)

    D.C.’s sports authority is planning for the demolition of RFK Stadium, former home to the Washington Redskins.

    Events DC is looking for a contractor to help plan the demolition of the stadium, which the Redskins called home from 1961 to 1996. Planning includes assessing the impact to the neighborhood and environment and will take months.

    The stadium has “exceeded its useful life” after 58 years, Events DC President and CEO Gregory A. O’Dell said in a statement.

    Events DC spends $3 million a year to maintain RFK, but it hosts very few events these days.

    The Washington Post reports D.C. plans to tear the stadium down by 2021.

    RFK was the Redskins’ home when the team won three Super Bowls in the 1980s and ‘90s.

    It also was home to DC United from 1996 to 2017 and hosted major concerts including the Beatles in 1966, the Rolling Stones and the Grateful Dead. In October 2001, Michael Jackson headlined a benefit concert for the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

    The Washington Nationals also played at RFK during its first three seasons in D.C. while Nationals Park was built.

    Events DC will continue to run the stadium while the demolition is planned.

    Fans could get the opportunity to own a piece of history.

    “Plans for demolition include options for reuse, resale or otherwise salvaging stadium equipment and memorabilia," Events DC spokesman Peter Kirshner said. "Decisions as to how and when are yet to be determined.”

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