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Events DC will propose six options for the land at RFK Stadium at a public meeting tonight, including a new arena to house the Capitals and Wizards.
The plans, leaked to the the Washington Post this morning, also potentially include markets, a concert hall, and museum space, but there is a strong sport and recreation component to all of them:
All the proposals include a raft of suggested recreation facilities for a city with a booming population, among them playing fields, a field house, a water park and a sports-and-entertainment complex that officials likened to Chelsea Piers in Manhattan.
Two of the six proposals, outlined by Events DC, the District’s sports-and-entertainment arm, lay out a path for the Redskins to return to the District, though serious obstacles remain should Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) and the D.C. Council move to reach a deal with owner Daniel M. Snyder.
The addition of an arena to replace Verizon Center, which was built in 1997, is a new twist for the land. According to the Post, Caps and Wizards owner Ted Leonsis has raised the prospect of moving the teams when their lease expires in 2027.
The plans will be shown at 6:30 p.m. tonight at a public meeting at the Walter Washington Convention Center.
Photos by Events DC/OMA