This week's Slow News Day, pushing to get us to training camp, will focus on the stadiums we find the various franchises playing in around the DC area. I'm sure we all have different memories at different venues and like one over the other for various reasons. What's your favorite DC stadium?
FedEx Field: We start with the pride of Landover, FedEx Field. Jack Kent Cooke built the stadium, which opened in 1997, and we he did he built a 1980s cookie cutter stadium in the 90s, in my opinion. Other teams that built stadiums the same time as FedEx were the Panthers, Buccaneers, Browns, Titans, Ravens, Bengals, Steelers, and Broncos. All of which I think are a lot cooler stadiums. Nevertheless Danny boy has focused on improving the FedEx experience with new video boards, party decks, and, of course, solar panels!
Verizon Center: FedEx wasn't the only venue that opened in 1997 in the DC Area, that year also marked the opening of the MCI Center. It's hard to believe the Verizon Center is 15 years old, but it's still a great venue to catch a hockey or basketball game. Located in the heart of Chinatown, Verizon is an easy trip on the metro and has plenty of bars around it for pre and post game.
Nationals Park: Man time really is flying, Nationals Park is in it's fifth year as a big league venue. There's nothing to special about Nats Park, but it's certainly a great place to catch a ballgame. The Red Porch is solid, especially when Miller Lites are on discount.
RFK Stadium: Oooo the history, the nostalgia. Many of us have memories from RFK ranging from the Redskins, the Nats early days, and some may even remember the Senators or the USFL. Though the power tenants have left RFK the DC United still remains. You can still see Ken Meringolo shirtless, screaming with La Barra Brava, at the place where he once sold pretzels for the Skins glory years.