The demolition of D.C.’s RFK Memorial Stadium will likely lead to a pause in events that can be held at the festival grounds around the stadium in the near future, according to Events D.C., the city’s conventions and sports authority.
But the agency’s larger vision for the 190-acre campus is also mostly on hold, for now, until the District and the federal government can resolve the issue of the ownership of the land.
Events D.C. CEO Greg O’Dell said the group has stopped booking events at the festival grounds until it has a clearer picture of how much of it will have to be closed off to the public during demolition. Most festival-type events book between six and 12 months out, he added. Currently, Events D.C.’s calendar doesn’t show any events being held there after September.
Events D.C. recently completed construction of community sports fields at the site, and the demolition could have an impact there as well, though the agency will try to minimize it, O’Dell said.