The stadium was opened in October 1961, as the District of Columbia Stadium. It is owned and operated by the Washington Convention and Sports Authority (WCSA). The stadium was home for a number of major professional sports teams. The stadium was renamed in January 1969, for U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, who had been assassinated. As Attorney General, Kennedy's Justice Department played a role in the racial integration of the Washington Redskins. RFK was the first major stadium designed specifically as a multisport facility for both football and baseball.