One big piece of the proposed $290 million D.C. United stadium deal that hasn’t been much discussed is what would happen to RFK Stadium, the former home of the Washington Senators and Nationals that currently hosts soccer and not a whole lot else. But apparently D.C. officials have been thinking about it, because they tell the Washington Post that … okay, that they’re going to start thinking about it any day now?
[D.C. sports authority president Gregory] O’Dell said the authority will hire a firm in the coming months to evaluate options, with and without a stadium. It also will explore whether it makes sense to keep RFK standing and operating in the interim. “We’ll look at the as-is condition and what’s viable and financially feasible,” he said.
The city’s lease with the National Park Service, which owns the RFK site, limits it to “stadium purposes,” “recreational facilities, open space, or public outdoor recreation opportunities,” or “other similar public purposes”; this has plenty of people thinking “new stadium for Washington’s football team that shall go nameless,” including both Mayor Vincent Gray and mayoral candidate Jack Evans, who’ve both endorsed the site for football games. (“And not just for college games,” added Gray, in case anyone might have missed his point.) Of course, this would mean finding a way to pay for a football stadium on top of a soccer one, but let’s not think about that just yet, shall we?