FEDERALS TRIVIA

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The Federals drew 38,010 for their 1983 inaugural season home opener against the Chicago Blitz.
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Sadly, that would be the largest home attendance the team would ever see.
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The team's next home game would be more indicative of the team's drawing power - against the Michigan Panthers, just 11,404 fans arrived.
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By mid-season the team was drawing fewer than 10,000 a game.  4,432 attended a 1984 game between the Feds and the expansion Memphis Showboats.  The 'Boats won, 13-10 in overtime.

Built in 1961 and seen by many as the first stadium of the "cookie cutter" era, D.C. Stadium was the home of both baseball's Washington Senators and the NFL's Washington Redskins.  Built at a cost of $20 million, the stadium was renamed in 1969 to honor Senator Robert F. Kennedy, who had been slain the previous June.

The Senators having moved out after 1971, the arrival of the Washington Federals for 1983 was seen by some as a great opportunity to fill the stadium's nearly 55,000 seats during spring months when it otherwise sat empty.  Unfortunately the Federals' arrival came at the absolutely worst possible time - in 1982 the Redskins won their first NFL championship in four decades, stirring up fans interest in the NFL club.  In essence, the Feds were doomed before they ever stepped on the field at RFK.

After the Federals headed south to Orlando for 1985, RFK continued to serve as home of the Redskins until the team built a new stadium in 1997.  In 2005 what will almost certainly be the stadium's last major tenant moved in when the Montreal Expos baseball team was relocated to the nation's capital.  The Washington Nationals will call RFK home through 2007, after which they will move into their own new facility.

ROBERT F. KENNEDY
MEMORIAL STADIUM

Washington, D.C.

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