Washington D.C.'s RFK Stadium Catches Fire; Former Home of Nationals, Commanders

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVJuly 5, 2022

FILE - This Sept. 19, 2017, file photo, shows an aerial view of RFK Stadium in Washington. D.C. United will play their final MLS soccer game at RFK Stadium on Sunday. The United have already been eliminated from the playoffs, but they hope to say goodbye to the historic venue with a victory over the Red Bulls. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File

Authorities responded to a fire inside RFK Stadium in Washington D.C. on Tuesday.

The D.C. Fire Department provided a video from inside the stadium:

DC Fire and EMS @dcfireems

Working Fire RFK Stadium. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/DCsBravest?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#DCsBravest</a> have located several fires in below grade levels in the stadium. In the process of extinguishing same. No injuries reported. Investigators enroute. <a href="https://t.co/RguAa8KPeM">pic.twitter.com/RguAa8KPeM</a>

Ellie Hall of Buzzfeed provided additional views from outside the stadium:

Ellie Hall @ellievhall

RFK Stadium is on fire: <a href="https://t.co/pGYhqXgYdz">pic.twitter.com/pGYhqXgYdz</a>

Ellie Hall @ellievhall

Firefighters carrying hose into the stadium: <a href="https://t.co/Gutg5SRkwH">pic.twitter.com/Gutg5SRkwH</a>

The D.C. Fire Department confirmed a fire inside the stadium, per Lex Juarez of WDVM 25.

The sports facility was used for a variety of events since its opening in 1961, notably football, baseball and soccer.

It previously served as the home of the Washington Commanders until the team moved to FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland in 1996. Two iterations of D.C. baseball also played in the stadium: the Washington Senators and the Washington Nationals.

The Senators moved to become the Minnesota Twins, while the Nationals moved to their new ballpark in 2008.

Major League Soccer's D.C. United spent 21 years at RFK Stadium before its move to Audi Field in 2018.

In addition to hosting local professional teams, the venue also hosted World Cup and Olympic soccer matches, two MLB All-Star games and several college football bowl games.

The stadium no longer gets regular usage, with D.C. mayor Muriel Bowser announcing plans to demolish the historic venue next year.