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Griffith Stadium

Griffith Stadium

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  The Facility  
Date Opened July 24, 1911
Date Closed September 21, 1961
Date Demolished January 26, 1965
Ownership
(Management)
Washington Senators
(Washington Senators)
Surface Grass
Cost of Construction Unknown
Former Names National Park
(1911-1920)
Stadium Architect Osborn Engineering
Capacity 27,550
Luxury Suites None
Club Seats None
  Other Facts  
Former Tenants Washington Redskins
(NFL) (1937-1960)
Washington Senators (I)
(MLB) (1911-1960)
Washington Senators (II)
(MLB) (1961)
Georgetown Hoyas
(NCAA) (1925-1950)
George Washington Colonials
(NCAA) (1930s-1940s)
Maryland Terrapins
(NCAA) (1948)
Population Base 3,500,000
On Site Parking Unknown
Nearest Airport Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)
Retired Numbers #33 Sammy Baugh

Sources: Mediaventures

The stadium played host to the 1940 and 1942 NFL championship games. The 1940 game was the stunning 73-0 win by the Chicago Bears, the largest shutout game in the history of the National Football League. The 1942 game was essentially a rematch, and this time the 'Skins upset the undefeated Bears, 14-6. According to Richard Whittingham's history of the Chicago Bears (ISBN 0671628852), 'Skins owner George Preston Marshall's pregame "pep talk" to his team consisted solely of Marshall writing "73-0" on the chalkboard.

During a December 7, 1941, Redskins game against the Philadelphia Eagles, an announcement came over the public-address speakers informing all generals and admirals to report to their duty stations. The bombing of Pearl Harbor was not explicitly announced over the PA system, leaving the thousands in attendance among the last Americans to learn of the attacks. The Redskins won that final game of the 1941 season by a score of 20-14, and finished with a record of 6-5, third in the NFL East.

Boston Braves/Boston Redskins/Washington Redskins

Braves Field
Braves Field

1932
Fenway Park
Fenway Park

1933-1936
Griffith Stadium
Griffith Stadium

1937-1960
RFK Stadium
RFK Stadium

1961-1996
FedEx Field
FedEx Field

1997-Present

Washington Senators (I) / Washington Nationals / Minnesota Twins

American
League Park

American League Park
1901-1902
National
Park

National Park
1903-1910
Griffith
Stadium

Griffith Stadium
1911-1960
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Stadium

Metropolitan Stadium
1961-1981
Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
1982-2009
Target Field
Target Field
2010-Present

Washington Senators (II) / Texas Rangers

Griffith
Stadium

Griffith Stadium
1961
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Stadium

RFK Stadium
1962-1971
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Stadium

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1972-1993
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1994-Present


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