An Ode to D.C.’s RFK Stadium

There are some places in this world that are sacred for various reasons, and one of those places stands in the nation’s capital, revered by much of the DMV for the memories it gave people from the early 1960s to the mid-1990s.

RFK Stadium is that sacred place in Washington, D.C. For Washington Redskins fans, it was home to the glory days of their favorite football team. RFK Stadium was the meeting place where both Republicans and Democrats could get along. RFK Stadium was the place that gathered people from all walks of life to cheer for one common thing, the Washington Redskins.

As D.C. United talks plans to build something new in the area that RFK stands on, the clock may be ticking on RFK. Being that RFK is 55 years old and renovations aren’t the best move are closed for good. Even considering the possibility of the Redskins moving back into the District, the demolition of RFK and building of a new structure may be the most feasible option.

The wrecking of the stadium would mean a loss of history and memories to so many members faithful to the burgundy and gold. And a few of those moments stand out among the rest.

December 31, 1972: The Redskins beat the Cowboys 26-3 to make their first trip to the Super Bowl.

January 22nd, 1983: Redskins start the famous chant of “We Want Dallas” as the Redskins go on to defeat the Cowboys 31-17 en route to their first Super Bowl title.

November 18, 1985: During a Monday Night Football game against the New York Giants, Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor severely breaks Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann’s leg, ending his career forever.

January 4, 1992: In the game affectionately known as the “Seat Cushion Game,” the Redskins beat the Falcons in the Divisional Round of the playoffs as fans began to throw the gold seat cushions onto the field in celebration of the win.

October 12, 1992: In a game against the Denver Broncos, Hall of Fame wide receiver Art Monk records his 820th reception, making him the NFL’s all-time leading receiver at the time.

December 22, 1996: The final game for the Redskins in RFK against their arch-rival the Cowboys. During halftime of the game, former players were honored while wearing their replica jerseys. After the game, fans stormed the field and took grass from the field and seats from the stadium.

These are just a few of the significant moments that happened in RFK stadium, a place where the seats bounced off the ground and the booths would literally shake. A place where some of the most “rabid fans in the NFL” resided for 35 years. A place where fans saw eleven playoff victories and only one playoff loss.

A place millennial fans wish they were able to see during those glory days. A place that many fans want to see football return to. A place that many fans do not want to see go. A place that will always hold a place in the heart of the diehard fans of football in the District.