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Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium
RFK
RFK Stadium logo
RFK Stadium from the east in 1988,
looking towards the U.S. Capitol
Former names District of Columbia
Address 2400 East Capitol Street SE
Location Washington, D.C.
Coordinates 38°53′24″N 76°58′19″W / 38.890°N 76.972°W / 38.890; -76.972Coordinates: 38°53′24″N 76°58′19″W / 38.890°N 76.972°W / 38.890; -76.972
Public transit Washington Metro
at Stadium–Armory
Bus transport Metrobus: 96, 97, B2, D6
Owner District of Columbia
Operator Events DC
Capacity Baseball:
43,500 (1961)
45,016 (1971)
45,596 (2005)
Football or soccer:
56,692 (1961)
45,596 (2005–present)
20,000 (2012–2017, MLS)
Field size Football: 120 yd × 53.333 yd (110 m × 49 m)
Soccer: 110 yd × 72 yd (101 m × 66 m)
Baseball:
Left field: 335 ft (102 m)
Left-center: 380 ft (116 m)
Center field: 410 ft (125 m)
Right-center: 380 ft (116 m)
Right field: 335 ft (102 m)
Backstop: 54 ft (16 m)
Surface TifGrand Bermuda grass
Construction
Broke ground July 8, 1960
Opened October 1, 1961
(59 years ago)
Construction cost $24 million
($171 million in 2016 dollars )
Architect George Leighton Dahl, Architects and Engineers, Inc.
Structural engineer Osborn Engineering Company
Services engineer Ewin Engineering Associates
General contractor McCloskey and Co.
Tenants
Washington Redskins (NFL) (1961–1996)
Geo. Washington Colonials (NCAA) (1961–1966)
Washington Senators (II) (MLB) (1962–1971)
Howard Bison (NCAA) (1974–1976)
Washington Whips (USA / NASL) (1967–1968)
Washington Diplomats (NASL) (1974, 1977–1981);(ASL) (1988-1989);(APSL) (1990)
Team America (NASL) (1983)
Washington Federals (USFL) (1983–1984)
D.C. United (MLS) (1996–2017)
Washington Freedom (WUSA) (2001–2003)
Washington Nationals (II) (MLB) (2005–2007)
Military Bowl (NCAA) (2008–2012)
RFK Stadium Go United - Stierch
A banner for D.C. United hanging outside the stadium shaped like the Washington, D.C. license plate.

Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium is a sports and live music stadium in Washington, D.C.. It was originally called "D.C. Stadium". In 1969 it was renamed after US Senator Robert F. Kennedy. The D.C. United soccer team plays there. In the past, the stadium was also the home of the Washington Redskins football team, and the Washington Senators and Washington Nationals baseball teams.

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