Jack Evans: RFK site ideal for Redskins stadium

February 26, 2014

(2011 photo by Doug Kapustin for The Washington Post)

D.C. Council member Vincent B. Orange’s grandiose vision for the RFK Stadium site — which would include a massive football stadium — has been well documented. The  Council’s Committee on Economic Development held a hearing about launching a feasibility study for this vision on Tuesday, which gave both Orange and fellow council member (and mayoral candidate) Jack Evans the chance to talk about D.C. and a future football stadium.

“What this [bill] is basically saying is let’s examine to see whether or not it makes sense to develop a 100,000-seat RFK domed stadium complex,” Orange said early in the hearing. “As we talk about the District of Columbia becoming a world-class city, a world-class city always has a destination point for world-class entertainment, sports and what have you.”

A few minutes later, Evans spoke.

“It’s no secret that I would love to have the football team back in the city,” Evans said. “I would love to see a new stadium on the site where RFK currently exists. In discussions with the football people, a smaller stadium than Council member Orange is talking about is more what they have in mind, maybe 75,000 with a retractable roof, and then whatever lies in that area.

“I know in the Capitol Hill area, a lot of people are very opposed to having a football stadium there, and that’s some discussion that’s going to go forward,” Evans continued. “I would just leave you with this, though. If there is to be a new football stadium built in the metropolitan region, and the Redskins – the organization – certainly wants that, there is no better site than where RFK now sits. The transportation, the subway, the road system, the parking, everything is there for a football stadium. And I know, again, that people on Capital Hill don’t like that idea. But one observation is there’s no better place in the metropolitan region for such a stadium. ”

(Via WTOP)

Dan Steinberg writes about all things D.C. sports at the D.C. Sports Bog.
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Dan Steinberg · February 26, 2014