Venue FAQs

Message from Events DC

Our goals for the RFK Campus are to reconnect the space to the surrounding neighborhoods and draw the district's residents and visitors to a revitalized Anacostia waterfront.

As the City’s sports and entertainment arm, our mission and our vision is to create great experiences for residents and visitors to our city. The completion of the first phase of the RFK redevelopment project signifies more community open space creating a dynamic recreational destination. We are excited to execute this initiative that will better serve the city’s neighborhood by bringing activity and green space driving economic development and opportunities. By creating this green space, we are bringing in more pedestrian access, investing in transportation infrastructure and opening access to the river.

This new addition comes as a result of numerous residential and community meetings over the past few years where we’ve listened to neighbors’ concerns regarding the lack of green space in the District. Our vision has been brought to life and green space has increased by 200% due to the outstanding collaboration between community residents, local stakeholders, city  officials. So, after more than three years, we are proud to welcome the DC community to a new space to play.

Chairman, Board of Directors

President and CEO

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the hours of operation?

The Fields operate under seasonal hours and are subject to change.

Effective March 1, 2021, The Fields are open Monday to Friday, 8 AM – 11 PM, and Saturday and Sunday, 8 AM – 8 PM. (Spring Hours)

CRYSP staff will be onsite to assist patrons’ weekdays, 3 PM – 10 PM and weekend days, 8 AM – 8 PM.

What are the hours for playground use?

8 am to dusk daily. Hours are subject to change.

Are the restrooms available for public use?

The restrooms are available for use by anyone using The Fields, located adjacent to Field #1.

Are dogs allowed?

Dogs are permitted on the paved and natural grass areas of The Fields. Owners are required to leash and clean up after their pets at all times. Dogs are NOT permitted on the turf playing fields or the playground.

Can we bring in outside food and beverage?

Food and beverage is permitted in the Pavilion, picnic tables and natural grass areas of The Fields. Food and beverages other than water are NOT permitted on the playing fields or any turf areas at The Fields. No alcohol is permitted on site unless specifically permitted.

Do I need a permit to use the fields?

All Amateur Sport Programs are required to have a permit. Scheduling and permit application information is available at

Less formal, non-league sports, pickup play, and recreational activities can use the fields without a permit during scheduled Community Use time. Area community organizations and residents may reserve field time during Community Use time if they meet certain criteria (see Permitting Policies at the RFK Fields website).

How do I sign-up to use the athletic fields?

Organizations can apply for field use during open application permit windows each season. Field allocation will be according to the published criteria. After each window closes, organizations may apply for remaining field time during that season on a first-come-first-served basis.

Users must make their requests online at Dates for each season’s window will be published on the website.

Where is the field use schedule published?

The schedule of field use is published at, on site at the field office, and distributed monthly via The Fields email list. You can subscribe to this list on the website.

The schedule of field use is published at, on site at the field office, and distributed monthly via The Fields email list. You can subscribe to this list on the website.

The fee schedule can be found in the Permitting Policy, Procedures and Fee Schedule on the website.

How is field time allocated?

Hours will be allocated according to the following framework:

60% of scheduled hours will be allocated to Amateur Sports Programs (including league/team practices) with priority given to teams/leagues within close proximity to the RFK Campus. Of those scheduled hours, 70% will be dedicated to youth leagues and 30% to adult leagues

20% of scheduled hours will be dedicated to Community Uses — less formal, non-league sports and recreational activities sponsored by area community organizations and groups including “pick-up games.” Regular days/hours will be scheduled and published for Community Uses.

20% of scheduled hours will be set aside for Events DC Programming.

What areas are available to be reserved (other than fields)?

CRYSP takes reservations for use of the pavilion. The playground, grass areas, and plaza seating areas are available on a first-come-first-served basis. Information on renting and scheduling process is available at

What is Events DC’s relationship to The Fields at RFK Campus?

Events DC is the owner and manager of The Fields at RFK Campus. Events DC will be responsible for oversight, facility maintenance and security. Events DC has subcontracted to CRYSP as the operator of The Fields. As the daily operator, CRYSP will be responsible for managing the scheduling and field operations to ensure the utilization of the fields complex for sports clubs, leagues, individuals and other groups seeking to rent and/or use the space.


What is CRYSP?

CRYSP is a grassroots-initiated 501(c)(3) organization of community advocates supporting the conversion of unused space to usable, accessible playing fields in Washington, DC. CRYSP will manage the day-to-day scheduling and utilization of The Fields for Amateur Sports Programs and Community Uses. CRYSP’s onsite personnel will ensure proper field usage and maintenance.

Who is Events DC?

Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, delivers premier event services and flexible venues across the nation’s capital. Events DC manages the RFK Stadium-Armory Campus, including Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, Festival Grounds at RFK Campus, the non-military functions of the DC Armory and the Skate Park at RFK Stadium. Events DC serves as landlord for Nationals Park, manages Gateway DC, R.I.S.E. Demonstration Center and the Entertainment and Sports Arena.

For more information,  visit and FacebookInstagram and YouTube, and Twitter (@TheEventsDC).

Where can we go to get more info?

Tel: (202) 539-9555



May I have a children’s birthday party at the playground area?

Yes, patrons may have parties using up to four tables under the shade structure adjacent to the playground free of charge for up to two hours, on a first-come-first-served basis. Patrons may visit the field office to reserve space up to 48 hours in advance of their desired event. Patrons are expected to thoroughly clean up after themselves.

Please see the Community Use Policies for additional guidelines.

How long can patrons use the turf playing fields?

Length of use depends on whether the use is paid/permitted time by an amateur sports organization or reserved by an individual community members. Field users should apply for field time using the Book A Field form. During scheduled Community Use time, as published on the Field Reservation Calendar ,anyone is welcome to use the field(s) for up to two hours subject to availability.

How long after I submit an application for field use will I hear from someone?

Before the end of the next business day.

Who can I contact about field use or other questions about The Fields?

Please call (202) 539-9555 or email: to leave a message which will be returned before the end of the next business day.

What does Community Use time mean?

Community Uses are informal, sports and recreational activities sponsored by area community organizations, individuals, CRYSP and other groups including “pick-up games.” Amatuer sports organizations may not hold practices or games during Community Use time.

Community Use times are shown on the Field Reservation Calendar. During those times, one or more fields are available on a first-come-first-served basis. Patrons must register at the field office before using the fields.

All patrons are expected to share use of the fields during this time with any and all other patrons looking to use the fields. Patrons should bring conflicts to the attention of field staff, who will facilitate field use.

Who can use the playground and the shade structure at the playground?

These areas are for everyone’s shared use. The playground is designed and designated for youth 12 and under, with adult supervision. Patrons may have informal social events in the shade structure adjacent to the playground for up to two hours, using up to four tables, as long as patrons do not prevent shared use by others who are already there. There is no charge for this use.

Patrons who wish to reserve space in the shade structure may visit the field office up to 48 hours in advance of their party/gathering. The same two-hour, four tables rules apply to these reservations.

Those who wish to reserve space for a larger party or a longer event may rent part or all of the Pavilion for a modest fee. See Community Use Policies for additional information.