16 Fun Facts About RFK Stadium In Washington D.C.

RFK Stadium has been a big part of sports history in Washington D.C. It has hosted big time professional sporting events, important historical gatherings, well remembered concerts, and more. Here is a look back at 16 interesting and fun facts about RFK Stadium.

-Ground was broken for construction on RFK Stadium in 1959 and it opened on October 1st, 1961.

-It’s original name was District of Columbia Stadium from 1961 to 1968 when it was renamed for Robert F. Kennedy.

-The stadium is owned and operated by the Washington Convention and Sports Authority.

-Since 2008, it has been home to the NCAA’s Military Bowl.

-A number of soccer teams have called the field there home, including the Washington Whips, Washington Darts, Washington Diplomats, Team America, and D.C. United.

-It has seen two professional football teams play home games there, the Washington Redskins from 1961 to 1996 and the Washington Federals of the United States Football League in 1983 and 1984.

-Both an American League and National League Major League Baseball team have played there, the Washington Senators from 1962 to 1971 and the Washington Nationals from 2005 to 2007.

-On three different occasions, RFK Stadium has hosted international soccer matches. The 1994 FIFA World Cup, 1996 Summer Olympics, and 2003 Women’s World Cup.

-Though it currently can count only a soccer team as a tennant, RFK Stadium was the first major stadium that was specifically designed for both football and baseball.

-The first NFL game played in RFK Stadium saw the hometown Washington Redskins lose to the New York Giants by the score of 24-21 on October 1st, 1961.

-The last Major League Baseball All-Star game played during the day was played at RFK Stadium in 1969.

-When it was built, light towers were not allowed to be placed off the structure’s roof because it sat in a direct line of sight with the Washington Monument and the United States Capitol.

-The famous game in 1985 when Lawrence Taylor sacked Joe Theismann, breaking his leg in the process, was played at RFK Stadium.

-The last game the Redskins ever played in RFK Stadium turned out to be a win when they defeated their rivals the Dallas Cowboys by the score of 37-10.

-Musical groups and performers who have given concerts at the stadium include Faith No More, Pink Floyd, ‘N Sync, The Jacksons, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Rolling Stones, Van Halen, Dokken, Metallica, and the Scorpions.

-The Beatles performed in front of more than 32,000 people at RFK Stadium in 1966. Two weeks later they would perform their last ever commercial concert in Candlestick Park in San Francisco.

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