The Washington Nationals began play at RFK Stadium in 2005, before moving to Nationals Park in 2008. RFK had been the home of the Senators, playing their last game in September of 1971. The final baseball game played at RFK came on September 23, 2007 as the Nats defeated the Phillies 5-3. RFK has been the home to several notable events, including concerts, World Cup matches, while also serving as the home of the Washington Redskins, D.C. United, and many other teams and college games.
Nationals Park opened on March 30, 2008, serving as the new home to the Nationals. It took $611 million to create the stadium, which features cherry blossoms in left field, making it one of the most attractive stadiums in the league. It is also the first LEED-certified green arenas in major professional sports in the country, showing a commitment to conserving energy. Since opening in 2008, Nationals Park has hosted Pope Benedict XVI, as well as serving as the venue for the highly anticipated major league debut of Stephen Strasburg in front of a sold out crowd.