City officials and MLB negotiated a deal that allowed public financing for the ballpark. The City Title game for 1964 was canceled and never played again. Harmony Books, New York, 1992. Sophomore quarterback Garry Lyle, the school's last NFL draftee, led the Colonials to a 13–6 win. [18], The first major league baseball game was on April 9, 1962 (after two exhibition games against the Pirates had been cancelled). It had 12,000 parking spaces and was served by 300 buses. RFK was one of the first major stadiums designed to host both baseball and football. Nationals Park has many luxuries and amenities similar to other ballparks built recently. 10,145 fans attend. [8] A "National Stadium" in Washington was an idea that had been pursued since 1916, when Congressman George Hulbert of New York proposed the construction of a 50,000-seat stadium at East Potomac Park for the purpose of attracting the 1920 Olympics. During the Redskins' tenure, the Washington Hall of Stars was displayed on a series of white-and-red signs hung in a ring around the stadium's mezzanine, honoring D.C. sports greats from various sports. After complaints from Nationals hitters it was discovered in July 2005 that the fence had actually been put in place incorrectly, and it was 394.74 feet (120.3 m) to the power alleys in left; 395 feet (120 m) to the right-field power alley; and 407.83 feet (124.3 m) to center field. [65], In 1975, the Diplomats were informed that the recently installed natural turf at RFK would not be ready for opening day, so they scheduled their first two home games that season for W.T. The upper deck, where fans will be able to see the US Capital Building, seats 12,000 and breaks into two sections along the first base side. At the end of the film, a newspaper article announces the stadium is to begin reconstruction. June 28, 1994: 53,186 fans show up to watch Italy and Mexico during the World Cup in what becomes the 6th highest attendance soccer match in RFK history. [21] The previous largest opening day figure was 31,728 (April 19, 1948).[11]. [66] Even with the success of the Cosmos game, attendance declined again and before the 1976 season the Diplomats announced that they had scheduled every home game, except the one against the Cosmos, at Woodson. [86] They returned on June 22, 2008, in a W-League match, which they won 5–0, against the Richmond Kickers Destiny that was part of a doubleheader with DC United. He moved them to Boca Raton, Florida for the team's last season. In 2000 that game moved to Giants Stadium and Howard spent more than a decade away from RFK. -Cost: $611 Million In its twelfth season, RFK hosted its first professional football playoff game on Christmas Eve 1972, a 16–3 Redskins' win over the Green Bay Packers. D.C. United of Major League Soccer played over 400 matches at RFK Stadium from the team's debut in 1996 until 2017, when they moved to a new stadium. The stadium hosted the All-Star Game twice, in 1962 (first of two) and 1969, both won by the visiting National League. In April 2005, baseball returned to Washington, DC for the first time since after the 1971 season. May 6, 1989: George Washington University defeated the Soviet national baseball team 20–1. Panel 1 (furthest to the left when viewed from home plate, names read there from left to right are listed from top of display to bottom): Redskins football players, This page was last edited on 15 October 2020, at 18:29. [58][59] At the time, RFK Stadium was the longest-used stadium in MLS and the only one left from the league's debut season. [27][28] The dedication ceremony at the stadium was held several months later on June 7.[28][29]. As a result, the height of the outside wall rises and falls in waves, and this is echoed in the roof, resulting in a "butterfly" appearance when seen at ground level from the west. Opened 59 years ago in 1961, it was owned by the federal government until 1986.[4]. Robert Kennedy was not without connection to the stadium; as attorney general in the early 1960s, his Justice Department played a role in the Redskins' racial integration. Attendance dropped throughout the season. The Redskins then moved east to FedExField in 1997, leaving D.C. United as the stadium's only major tenant for much of the next decade, though from 2001 to 2003 they were joined by the Washington Freedom of the short-lived Women's United Soccer Association. To the right of Panel 15 were four banners honoring D.C. United's MLS Cup wins: 1996, 1997, 1999 and 2004. No part of this page may be reproduced without permission from Ballparks of Baseball. During the years when the stadium was without baseball (1972–2004), the rotating seats remained in the football configuration. GWU was 22–35 (.386) during its D.C. Stadium years and never posted a winning record. Over three years, the Freedom racked up a 15–9–6 record at RFK and finished as one of the league's top teams. May 26–27, 1995: 52,000 men attended a two-day, November 27, 1997: At an event called "Blessings '97", Reverend. Two major league teams called RFK home, the Senators (1962–71) and the Nationals (2005–07). Located in southeast Washington along the Anacostia River, bordered by South Capital Street to the west, M Street to the north, First Street to the east and Potomac Avenue to the south, construction began in Spring 2006. The baseball diamond was aligned due east (home plate to center field), and the football field ran along the first baseline (northwest to southeast). December 14, 1969: The Redskins defeat the New Orleans Saints 17–14 in what would be, November 20, 1972: RFK Stadium hosts its first, October 17, 1982: First NFLPA's all-star games during the 1982 NFL strike, January 22, 1983: The stadium physically shakes as a capacity crowd of 54,000 chants "We Want Dallas" taunting the hated Cowboys in the NFC Championship Game. The lower-to-upper proportion improved for the Redskins with end-zone seats. In 1962, Marshall relented and drafted a black player, Ernie Davis. Team America played 19 games at RFK. October 30, 1996: Ten days after winning the first Major League Soccer title. November 8, 1997: Maryland Terps defeated Ohio State 2–1. The agency said that RFK Stadium has generated $4 million to $5 million a year in revenues since 1997, which did not cover operating expenses. 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