Washington, D.C. Mayor councilmember (sorry, got my “Taking of Pelham One Two Three” characters mixed up) Vincent Orange wants to build a 100,000-seat “superdome” on the site of RFK Stadium to lure the NFL team with the horrible nickname back to town. Yeah, you read that right.
The 100,000 seat domed stadium complex would provide the opportunity for the Washington football team to return to the District as well as host large scale events such as Super Bowls, Final Fours, the Olympics, and Fédération Internationale de Football Association (“FIFA”) Soccer. “RFK is an antiquated and deteriorating stadium, and with D.C. United set to relocate, RFK will become an even bigger financial drain on the city,” Orange said. “The economic opportunities and employment opportunities that would result from a state-of-the-art stadium in the District are limitless.”
This is beyond screwy, not least of which because the trend in the NFL is to want fewer seats, not more than any stadium on the continent. But Orange is thinking big! So big that he can’t even be bothered to think about how much it will cost or who will pay for it — though given that he’s indicated that he wants the whole thing built by the time the NFL team’s lease in Maryland is up in 2027, he can probably leave details like that to the next mayor.
So why the heck is he announcing this now? To get credit for thinking big, certainly, though it also undoubtedly gives a boost to the city’s 2024 Olympic bid, plus helps D.C. United in their talking points for their new stadium in Buzzard Point. (“We can’t stay at RFK! It’s going to be torn down to make way for the Enormodome!”) Plus it gave DCist the chance to use the best vaportecture illustration of all time, so it can’t be all bad.