As far as loveable old dust-heaps go, you'd have to look far and wide to find better than RFK Stadium. Sure, the rusty, lopsided spaceship of a stadium has its detractors, shortcomings and anxious tenants looking to move out, but it’s the venue most Washingtonians will happily associate with the glory days of the Washington Redskins, the return of baseball to D.C. and historic concerts held on the stadium's turf. That’s a lot of happiness for one venue.
To mark the stadium's 50th anniversary, Events DC (formerly the Washington Convention and Sports Authority) is hosting hour-long tours of the facility on Saturday at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. that will bring fans to areas of the stadium that are typically off-limits. Included on the tour are stops in the remarkably cramped locker rooms, performer dressing rooms, the open air press box that was the bane of many a sportswriter's existence during January playoff games (remember those?) and the batting cages used by the Nationals during their three years at the stadium. The adjacent D.C. Armory will display RFK memorabilia and artifacts on Saturday, too.
The thing that’s always fascinated me the most about the place is the rolling mechanism used to move seats from soccer and football position to baseball position, so here's hoping that’s on the tour. (Some of the stops on the tour are still being finalized.) Spaces are limited; to reserve a spot, e-mail RFKStadiumTour@eventsdc.com.
-- Alex Baldinger, Oct. 25, 2011