Mike Rapier is one of the nine finalists in The Washington Post’s Greatest D.C. Sports Fan Contest. For Round 1, we asked our contestants to tell us what one thing they would change about one of D.C.’s professional sports teams. Read Mike’s response below, then tell us in the comments if you think he should be one of the six finalists to continue to the next round of competition.
I am old enough to have seen a Redskins game in D.C. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could do that again?
Moving the Washington Redskins back into D.C. is my focus for this essay. The changes needed are few and the Redskins actually playing in D.C. would be tremendous for the city’s fans and for the number of people coming in from northern Virginia and Maryland using the metro.
Daniel Snyder or the city council members of the D.C. government will need to be involved. Let’s look at it from Snyder’s perspective. Buy or lease RFK Stadium and the D.C. Armory, close off portions of 22nd St. NE and East Capitol St. NE, tear down the Armory and RFK Stadium, and build an 80,000+ seat capacity, retractable roof, green-building-construction stadium with below ground parking. With this new stadium you would be able to attract a Super Bowl! Showcase the home of the Redskins to the world! This is a win-win situation.
RFK is removed and the Skins come back to D.C.. The entire NE D.C. region can be revitalized just like Verizon Center did for the Chinatown area. You have the Orange Line metro stop already in place to get the Virginia dollars. You have everything in place to proceed. The area neighborhoods would love it. Plus the pull for the World Cup, Olympics, etc. would be greater because you now have a large enough stadium in D.C., the most important city in the world, with a retractable roof, just in case it rains or snows, to pull off larger, international crowds.
The new stadium design could incorporate green design standards like solar panels, reusable materials from RFK, energy conservation, water and indoor air efficiencies. Sky boxes, luxury suites, the largest video board in the U.S. (hint, hint, Dan!), and the retractable roof would bring out all the best of the DC area to come see it.
Now, I would go to this stadium! Abandon Fed Ex Field! All hail the Washington Redskins!!
Weigh In: Tell us what you think of Mike’s argument in the comments. Our judges will choose six of the nine finalists to advance to Round 2 based on a combination or your comments and their opinions. Does Mike deserve to advance? Why or why not?
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