Events DC, the District of Columbia's convention and sports authority, on Monday revealed details of proposals to redevelop the capital's 190-acre RFK Stadium-Armory parcel.
Conceptual designs delivered by OMA New York in partnership wiith Brailsford & Dunlavey, the local program-management team, use the district's waterfront and look to create sustainable green space, recreational fields and pedestrian-friendly paths, possibly including either a new 65,000-seat football stadium to lure the NFL's Washington Redskins back to town (they currently play in Maryland at FedExField), or a new 20,000-seat arena for hockey's Washington Capitals and basketball's Washington Wizards.
"After extensive planning, outreach, public input and involvement, the entire Events DC board and staff are so proud to present these two conceptual plans for the RFK Stadium-Armory Campus," said Max Brown, chairman of the Events DC board. "Our vision for the campus' future -- which is aligned with community wants and needs -- is to create a special and amazing place that celebrates the District of Columbia's beauty and history. [We also want it to act] as a shining example of urban living that can attract residents and visitors, while at the same time maintaining the rich and strong local identity that currently is appreciated and valued by all of us."
The site is adjacent to the National Mall axis and has access to a waterfront gateway along the Anacostia River, which Events DC said has been underutilized for decades.
"The conceptual plans we have unveiled present a once in a lifetime opportunity to reimagine the 190-acre site in a way that delivers an amenity for everyone," said Gregory A. O'Dell, president and CEO of Events DC. "It also has the ability to create another vibrant destination within Washington, DC for residents and visitors to enjoy."