Fires break out at RFK Stadium

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Multiple fires broke out Tuesday at RFK Stadium, the former home of Washington’s NFL team.

The DC Fire Department confirmed that there were at least two fires at the stadium, but firefighters put them out and no one was injured. The cause of the fires is being investigated.

Washington played its home games at RFK Stadium (originally known as District of Columbia Stadium) from 1961 to 1996, and it was once known as one of the NFL’s most raucous venues, with fans always filling the stadium especially during the team’s great run in the 1980s and early 1990s. But the stadium became old and dilapidated, and it currently has no major tenants and is expected to be torn down.

The Commanders are currently looking at moving into a new stadium, but D.C. officials have shown little interest in putting a new stadium on the RFK site for the Commanders to play in.

23 responses to “Fires break out at RFK Stadium

  1. The fact that their current stadium is only 25 years old and they are looking for a replacement is what is wrong with major sports. The taxpayer picks up the tab in almost every case while the owners get richer.

  2. Can the Commanders themselves put a stadium on that site? Just spitballing here.

  3. Would be fitting – given the stadium’s former tenant – if the fire was in the dumpster

  4. ” D.C. officials have shown little interest in putting a new stadium on the RFK site for the Commanders to play in.”

    Even though Mayor Bowser said they would consider a new stadium for the WFT once they change the name, which of course, has been done.

  5. Multiple fires, not 1, in a stadium that the Commanders want replaced (by the taxer) is oddly coincidental.

  6. It’s planned to be torn down…. shouldn’t have put the fire out then

  7. Old and dilapidated. Unlike their new stadium that’s half-full, old and dilapidated.

  8. Sounds about right….Snyder.

    He built that awful, generic and crappy Fed Ex Field on the cheap 25 years ago.

    Pretty symbolic as the fans loved the old RFK.

  9. Dan Snyder had nothing to do with building Fed Ex Field. That pile of garbage is all on Jack Kent Cook.

  10. doubledeuce says:
    July 6, 2022 at 9:08 am
    Dan Snyder had nothing to do with building Fed Ex Field. That pile of garbage is all on Jack Kent Cook.

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    Sorry, but Snyder signed off on that new stadium which is why he bought the team. Comparing a successful sports owner to Snyder is an embarrassment.

  11. *Can the Commanders themselves put a stadium on that site? Just spitballing here.*

    Nah, Snyder will do what owners always do.
    Option 1: If you want an NFL team in your city you will pay for a new stadium.
    Option 2: I’ll move to (pick a city)!

  12. That stadium is basically all concrete, and concrete doesn’t burn. So not likely a fire would take it down anyway.

  13. ghjjf says:
    July 6, 2022 at 10:12 am
    They should just go back to cardboard cutouts in the seats and fake crowd noise!

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    Snyder immediately reduced the quality of the experience there by adding tiers of seats that block other views, and on top of that, he sold out completely with the naming rights and made it a worse and worse fan experience.

    The guy above makes it seem like Snyder had nothing to do with the renovations that made it worse for the fan, when all of it had to do with his money-grabbing, failed leadership of the franchise.

    Renovations are meant to IMPROVE the fan experience, not make it worse like Snyder did. Letting Snyder off the hook for making “Fed Ex Field” worse is a joke.

    His decisions are literally the reason why it got worse than the original Kent Cooke design.

  14. The bad attendance and failure to get a new stadium is what is eventually going to get Snyder kicked to the curb Everybody knows a new owner would have a new stadium fast-tracked purely due to the fact they weren’t named “Daniel Snyder.” And calling it right now the new owner will rename the team which will instantly endear him to the fan base. They’ll do everything possible to completely erase Snyder from memory.

  15. mogogo1 says:
    July 6, 2022 at 10:48 am
    The bad attendance and failure to get a new stadium is what is eventually going to get Snyder kicked to the curb Everybody knows a new owner would have a new stadium fast-tracked purely due to the fact they weren’t named “Daniel Snyder.” And calling it right now the new owner will rename the team which will instantly endear him to the fan base. They’ll do everything possible to completely erase Snyder from memory.

    Exactly right. Declining attendance, toxic work environment, underhanded business practices, etc, etc. Danny Boy won’t find any takers in any city to build a stadium for him, his history will see to that. You reap what you sow.

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