Multiple Fires Break Out at RFK Stadium

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Rfk Stadium Aerial Photo, Looking Towards Capitol, 1988

Multiple fires broke out Tuesday at RFK Stadium, the former home of the Washington Commanders.

According to NBC Sports, the DC Fire Department confirmed at least two fires at the stadium, but firefighters were able to put them out and no one was injured. 

RFK opened in 1969 as the District of Columbia Stadium and was renamed RFK Stadium in 1969 to honor Robert Fitzgerald Kennedy. 

The fires were in the lower grade level of the stadium. 


DC Fire and EMS chief John Donnelly reported that the building was safe, and his department would turn the scene back over to Events DC. No cause has been determined.

RFK Stadium was home to the NFL team from 1961-96 and two MLB franchises (Washington Senators, 1962-71 and the Nationals, 2005-07). RFK Stadium was also home to the DC United soccer team from 1996-2017.

Demolition of the stadium has been delayed multiple times, and the Commanders, which are currently looking for a new home, would like to own the land where the facility currently sits. However, the National Park Service owns the 190-acre property. 


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