The project is part of a “once-in-a-lifetime chance to reimagine” an area that will not only be a sports and entertainment district not only for Washington D.C. but the region,” says the CEO of Events D.C.”
Events D.C. on Wednesday evening unveiled new designs for the first phase of the RFK Memorial Stadium campus redevelopment, a project that includes multipurpose recreational fields for soccer, lacrosse and baseball, as well as amenities such as a playground, bike paths and green space.
The city’s conventions and sports authority presented the plans at a community meeting at St. Luke Catholic Church. The fields will go in the current site of the stadium’s Lot 7, just north of the 57-year-old venue itself. The District-owned stadium is without a regular tenant after D.C. United played its final match there last year.
“We wanted the different aspects of a field to accommodate different sports, and within that, we wanted to make sure those fields could be divided such that little kids could play,” said Greg O’Dell, president and CEO of Events D.C. “The community also requested a playground so we were able to accommodate a playground into the field configuration.”
Previously, the configuration called for “three fields that were just placed in a general area as opposed to thinking about the interaction and connectivity with those fields,” he said.
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