Plans to construct a posh, private dining club at RFK Stadium, which had promised potential customers "the best seats in the house at Washington sports events," have been scrapped by the D.C. Armory Board.
According to Steve Murphy, concessions manager at RFK, only 50 customers expressed an interest in paying the $5,000 fee for the club membership, and their doposits have beenreturned.
A minimum of 200 of customers was necessary to make construction of the club financially viable.
The proposal called for the construction of a multi-tiered club in the area of the baseball press box. But inJune, Redskin President Edward Bennett Williams expressed doubts about the plan because it would have taken away 161 existing seats belonging toRedskins season ticket-holders and allowed club members to bypass the Redskin waiting list for season tickets, which now includes 10,000 people.
Murphy said that the Armory Board will continue "to look at other possible areas of the stadium that would be more feasible to turn into a club environment that would not interfere with current season ticket-holders."
Murphy said the club was still "a good idea and that there is market here for it, but it has to be structuredso that we are in agreement with all tenants and it will benefit the Armory Board."
Asked why he thought the plan had failed, Murphy said, "The amount of money, that could have been one point." But the lack of a baseball club in Washington "was also a concern basedon the response we received," he said.
"All the other places where the clubshave been built, there is baseball. That's 81 extra dates. We have the NASL and the Redskins.
"I try to put myself in the place of the businessmen who would have been using the club to entertain. Obviously, the more events, the more use they would have gotten out of it. If there was baseball, they would have been able to use it all year round."