RFK Stadium Turns 50!

An old DC favorite, RFK Stadium, turns 50 this week.

To celebrate, DC officials and althletes commemorated the occasion with a press conference today announcing the 'I Remember Campaign'.

Through campaign, fans can share videos, photos and comments on their most memorable RFK Stadium stories and experiences. Fans can also vote for the RFK All- Stadium Team - a roster of the 50 greatest athletes and entertainers in stadium history.

To participate, fans can visit www.RFKStadium50.com or www.facebook.com/RFKStadium.

Those attending the announcement included Vincent C. Gray, Mayor, District of Columbia, Kwame R. Brown, Chairman, Council of the District of Columbia, Jack Evans, Councilmember, Ward 2, Council of the District of Columbia, William N. Hall, Board of Directors, Events DC, Gregory A. O’Dell, President and CEO, Events DC, Charles Mann, Washington Redskins, Kevin Payne, President and CEO, D.C. United, Ben Olsen, Head Coach, D.C. United, Gregory McCarthy, Vice President, Washington Nationals, and Norm Neverson, George Washington University.

RFK Stadium was home for 36 seasons to the Washington Redskins. It is currently the home of the city's soccer team DC United. Other sporting events continue to take place at the stadium, to include last month's Maloof Money Cup skateboarding championship, the inaugural AT&T National rival college football contest between Howard University and Morehouse College, and the annual Northrup Grumman Military Bowl.

On October 12, a bipartisan Congressional Flag Football Team will meet the U.S. Capitol Police Flag Football Team for a charity game. Former NFL players will serve as coaches and players during the game. The list includes Art Monk, Rick “Doc” Walker, Ken Harvey, Gary Clarke and Cliff Russell of the Washington Redskins, John Booty (Philadelphia Eagles) and Renaldo 'Skeets' Nehemiah (San Francisco 49ers). (Visit www.CongressionalFootballGame.org for info).

History Behind RFK Stadium
The stadium was renamed in January 1969, for U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, who had been assassinated in Los Angeles the previous June. As Attorney General, Kennedy's Justice Department played a role in the racial integration of the Redskins. Along with Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall, Kennedy threatened to revoke the team's lease at the federally-owned stadium until it promised to sign African American players.

RFK was the first major stadium designed specifically as a multisport facility for both football and baseball.

During the Nationals' tenure at the stadium, it was the fourth-oldest active stadium in Major League Baseball behind Fenway Park, Wrigley Field and Yankee Stadium.