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D.C. picks construction firm for demolition of RFK Stadium

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RFK Stadium, the longtime local landmark and former host of several Washington, D.C. sporting events, is being torn down to built up a new venue. On Thursday, the city announced which construction firm would be overseeing the demolition.

Gilbane Building Company is locally based and has been involved with multiple projects in and around the nation's capital.

The location of Washington's football team, in particular, has long been of interest to Mayor Muriel Bowser.

"We want to change the name and change the location," she said in July 2020. "You've heard me say that a number of times, that the Washington football team should be playing in Washington."

It was not her first time making this argument, Just one week prior, she told reporters, "I think the team called Washington anything should be playing in Washington."

Washington's football team has played its home games in Landover, MD since 1997.

RFK was, at various points, home to Washington's football team, D.C. United, both the Senators and Nationals, in addition to various other collegiate, Olympic and World Cup events.

The stadium hosted its last MLS game in 2017, and in September 2019 it was announced the stadium would be torn down. Demolition is scheduled to begin in 2022.