On Saturday, June 8 at 11:00 a.m., Mayor Muriel Bowser and Greg O’Dell, the President of Events DC, the District’s convention and sports authority, will celebrate the opening of “The Fields at RFK Campus” with city dignitaries and the community. There will also be a special appearance by D.C. United player Wayne Rooney.
This moment marks the first completed program element of the RFK Campus Redevelopment Project.
The celebration will feature two youth clinics provide by D.C. United’s Training Academy and the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy. Youth will be available to sign up and participate on-site. Community partner, DC Fray will also host kickball and flag football tournaments, along with a fun spin on traditional tailgating activities including oversized games, complimentary food trucks, family-friendly activities, live music, RFK Untapped Beer Garden and more.
The new fields are the first part of Events DC’s vision for the future of the RFK campus to deliver and are comprised of three multi-purpose recreation and community playing fields. Events DC first presented the plan to the community in 2016 which included recommended program elements from community, stakeholder and city official feedback.
Named “The Fields at RFK Campus” by community-casted votes, the fields have transformed 27-acres of asphalt into a new vibrant sports and recreational destination within the District.
The fields will be managed by Capitol Riverside Youth Sports Park (CRYSP). As the daily operator, CRYSP will be responsible for managing scheduling and field operations and ensuring the utilization of the fields complex for sports clubs, leagues, individuals and other groups seeking to rent and/or use the space. The system for signing up to use the fields is expected to be announced at the fields opening.
Events DC provides a live feed to the fields at rfkcampus.com
The Fields at RFK Campus include:
- Three multi-purpose turf fields to accommodate kickball, soccer, lacrosse,
- baseball, softball and more
- A celebration pavilion and plaza
- Restroom facilities
- Playground and picnic area
- Green space, landscaping and bioretention
- Walking/biking paths and improved river access
- Dedicated parking
In an effort to demonstrate the ample community benefits and neighborhood-serving amenities, the celebration is free and open to all members of the community. The celebration and field activations begin after the ceremony. The ceremony and ribbon cutting is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., and the Community Celebration and Field Activations begin at 12:30 p.m. and go until 3 p.m.
There is limited parking in lot 6, near the Fields at RFK Stadium (2400 East Capitol Street SE). Attendees are encouraged to use metro, ride share, sidewalks and bicycles. Event signage and volunteers will hep guide attendees to the event location.