Demolition of RFK Stadium to be completed by 2023 after fires


RFK Stadium, the longtime home of the Commanders, Nationals and D.C. United, is expected to be demolished by the end of next year.

Events DC, the city's events and sports authority, released a statement on Wednesday providing an update on RFK Stadium's eventual teardown after the stadium caught on fire Tuesday afternoon.

"Demolition of major structural components will be completed by the end of 2023." Events DC wrote in a statement.

The process of removing hazardous materials from the fire has begun but will take several months to complete, according to the authority.

In the statement, Events DC thanked the city's fire and rescue crews for quickly responding to the fires, which took place on the basement level of the stadium.

RFK Stadium, which hosted Washington's NFL franchise from 1961-1996, has been without a full-time tenant since 2018. D.C. United was the last professional team to call RFK Stadium home playing its home games there from 1996-2017 prior to the building of Audi Field.

The Nationals played in RFK Stadium from 2005-2007 before Nationals Park opened in D.C.'s Navy Yard neighborhood in 2008. 

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