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More woe for RFK Stadium? How can that even be?

Mar 7, 2013, 1:10 PM EST

RFK

Well, this is truly wonderful news.

I was getting worried that RFK Stadium in our nation’s capital was getting to be too perfect as a Major League Soccer venue.

Seriously, it really is a wonderful venue in terms of atmosphere. It down-sizes quite well. (Aside: How freakin’ awesome is it that “down-size” has been more or less erased from the American soccer vernacular? It was once a staple of any MLS stadium-related piece, unpleasant necessity that it was.)

RFK Stadium is in the middle of the city, on a rail line, sufficiently gritty to wear its rich history well. The full-sized pitch is generally plush.

I mean, if the doggone place wasn’t one more falling concrete slab from being officially condemned, this place would be a domestic soccer Shangri-La!  And we wouldn’t want that! A bunch of people discovering our little secret, making tickets more expensive, parking yet harder to come by and further jacking up the cost of an all-beef dogger.

Well, no worries now.

This is happening, just in time for D.C. United’s home opener. Gridlock alert!

Of course, you could bike! The link above has details. Although it might be a little cold for Saturday’s home opener against Real Salt Lake. (A team that has never won at RFK, by the way.)

Seriously … when, for the love of all that’s good, will MLS and D.C. United be able to extricate themselves from the RFK financial sinkhole? Sigh.

“Financial sinkhole” is a term we have not, alas, wiped off the menu of recurring MLS story word choices.

  1. charliej11 - Mar 7, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    Who owns RFK and how much are they going to sell it for ? These stadiums are worthless once everyone quits using them. RFK has to be there. Buy it for zero and spend $200 million to fix up an old, historic stadium, that seems to be where most want a stadium to be. It would be a real stadium, not a 18k capacity that will most likely be too small very soon.

    Where am I wrong ? Look at it from a realistic stand point, not the I wan’t Home Depot Center in the heart of DC and it to be better than NYs.

    • joeyt360 - Mar 7, 2013 at 5:09 PM

      Well, you’re right that it would probably cost $200 million. . . whereas building brand new would cost about half that.

      Also, it’s not rectangular. If you were going to be paying that kind of money for a ‘soccer-specific’ facility, you’d certainly not want your front row center line seats to be amongst the furthest from the pitch, as they are now.

  2. CaliforniaRedskins - Mar 7, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    The ground the stadium sits on is very valuable and with the stadium politics in that area, the ground would probably be preferred by most to be used for the next redskins stadium.

  3. mkbryant3 - Mar 7, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    RFK is the best. I went there as a youngster to see my Skins (Art Monk’s first game!), then continued to go to see Team America (Crescetelli!!). And had two of my best soccer memories there: the qualifier in the 90s where Honduras beat us 2:3 and another qualifier versus Jamaica (1:1). Two of the most amazing atmospheres I have ever experienced. And, yeah, that huge field always looks immaculate. Man, if they could only refurbish that thing.

  4. eugenesaxe - Mar 7, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    The stadium isn’t all that, but its location is prime. CaliforniaRedskins has the right idea, but how long will it be before a new stadium is needed, and would the owners hold out that long?

  5. bdure - Mar 7, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    Worth noting — they are ALWAYS doing work on the Metro line from Northern Virginia to RFK. That makes a 45-minute trip more like 60. And you may have to wait for 20 minutes to begin with.

  6. player169 - Mar 7, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    I went to a DC United game there last season while out in DC (skc fan here). Giving the place any credit as a good place to watch a game is ridiculous. Even you have front row seats there, you are far from the field.

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