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RFK Stadium to be torn down

Washington D.C.’s RFK Stadium is set for demolition by 2021, city officials have confirmed.

The stadium is the former home of the NFL’s Washington Redskins, Major League Baseball’s Washington Nationals and Senators, and Major League Soccer’s D.C. United.

Events DC, the agency that manages the stadium, has begun the process of soliciting bids for the demolition of the vacant, deteriorating structure.

The stadium opened in 1961 as D.C. Stadium and was renamed in 1969 after Robert F. Kennedy the year after he was assassinated.

It also hosted concerts, including performances by the Beatles, Madonna and Foo Fighters.

D.C. United left the venue in 2017 and the upkeep of RFK has been costing the city up to $4 million a year.

Events DC president Gregory A. O’Dell said:

We don’t want to throw money after a resource that’s exceeded its useful life.

The demolition also will make it easier for the District to move ahead with plans over the next five to seven years to build a $500 million recreational and event space for residents and tourists, O’Dell said.

Redskins owner Daniel Snyder has spoken with Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser about the possibility of a new stadium at the RFK site, but the city’s current plan is to transform the site into recreational and event space.