On June 7, 1969 — Washington’s D.C. Stadium is officially renamed Robert F. Kennedy Stadium during a memorial service at the ballpark for the slain U.S. senator. In attendance for the ceremony are former NFLer Roosevelt Grier and Olympian Rafer Johnson, both who helped to apprehend RFK’s assassin, Sirhan B. Sirhan, at the Ambassador Hotel.

The stadium opened in 1961. Football, baseball and soccer teams called RFK Stadium home, including MLB’s Senators (1962-71) and Nationals (2005-07.) D.C. United moved out after the 2017 season and plans are for RFK Stadium to be demolished by 2021.


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