WASHINGTON — The snowfall from the Blizzard of 2016 is impacting an event nearly two months later. The record-breaking snowstorm’s final closing may well end up being that of Parking Lot 7 at Robert F. Kennedy Stadium.
On Monday, D.C. United tweeted that Lot 7 would be closed for the team’s first home match of the year; the giant mounds of snow that were piled in the parking areas just north of RFK remain.
A spokesperson for EventsDC says fans should park in Lots 3, 6 and 8 until further notice. The MLS home-opener is on Sunday, March 20 when they host the Colorado Rapids.
The piles of dirty snow have compacted in recent weeks. The ice is insulated by a thick pelt of trash and filth. As melting continues, more trash will likely rise to the surface but there’s no telling how long the piles will withstand springtime temperatures.
The District Department of Energy and Environment says that there are several failsafes in place near RFK Stadium, including fencing near the parking lot’s catch basins and a containment boom in the Anacostia River, to ensure the trash and sentiment doesn’t end up in the watershed.
A native to the Washington area, Dave Dildine is no stranger to the region's complex traffic and weather patterns. Dave joined WTOP in 2010 when the station launched its very own in-house traffic service. You can hear him "on the 8s and when it breaks" from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays.