Stadium–Armory station

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WMATA Metro Logo.svg WMATA Blue.svg WMATA Orange.svg WMATA Silver.svg rapid transit station
Stadium-Armory Metro.jpg
Location 192 19th Street, Southeast
Washington, D.C. 20003
Owned by Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
  • WMATA Blue.svg
  • WMATA Orange.svg
  • WMATA Silver.svg
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 2
Connections Bus transport Metrobus: 96, 97, B2, D6
Structure type Underground
Bicycle facilities 20 racks
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code D08
Opened July 1, 1977; 41 years ago (July 1, 1977)
Passengers (2017) 2,763 daily [1]Increase 16.14%
Preceding station   WMATA Metro Logo.svg Washington Metro   Following station
Blue Line
toward Vienna
Orange Line
Silver Line

Stadium–Armory is an island-platformed Washington Metro station in the Kingman Park neighborhood of Southeast Washington, D.C., United States. The station was opened on July 1, 1977, and is operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). Stadium–Armory serves the Blue, Orange and Silver Lines. It is a transfer station for the Blue/Silver and Orange lines, as this is the last station shared by the three lines before the lines diverge going east. The station has entrances on 19th Street at C Street and Independence Avenue.

The station was supposed to be the Silver Line's eastern terminus, but in December 2012, due to safety concerns regarding a pocket track between this station and Minnesota Avenue (the first station to the east on the Orange Line), Metro officials decided to extend the line into nearby Prince George's County, Maryland to Largo Town Center, which is the eastern terminus of the Blue Line.[2]


North head house of the station, adjacent to the D.C. Armory

The Stadium–Armory station serves RFK Stadium, which is the former home of the D.C. United soccer team, the Washington Redskins, and the Washington Nationals, as well as of the second Washington Senators franchise before their relocation to Texas in 1972. The station also serves the D.C. Jail and the D.C. Armory, which is both a popular venue for shows and entertainment and the headquarters of the District of Columbia National Guard. Together with the Potomac Avenue station, Stadium-Armory is one of two Metro stations within walking distance of Congressional Cemetery. Before its closure in 2001, D.C. General Hospital was served by the Stadium–Armory station.

The station opened on July 1, 1977.[3] Its opening coincided with the completion of 11.8 miles (19.0 km)[4] of rail between National Airport and RFK Stadium.[5] Orange Line service to the station began upon the line's opening on November 20, 1978.[6] Stadium–Armory would also serve as the eastern terminus of the Blue line from its opening through the opening of its extension to Addison Road on November 22, 1980.[7] Silver Line service at Stadium-Armory began on July 26, 2014.[8]

With the redevelopment of the former D.C. General Hospital campus into a mixed-use neighborhood called "Hill East", the area around the Stadium–Armory station will be in transition for the first few decades of the twenty-first century. Addtitionally, with the move of D.C. United to a new soccer-specific stadium, Audi Field, in the Buzzard Point area of Washington in July 2018, the future of RFK Stadium is uncertain, with the possibility of demolition lingering over the 1960s-era facility.

Transformer fire[edit]

On September 21, 2015, a transformer caught fire near the station, causing severe delays. The reduced power as a result of the loss of the transformer caused WMATA to implement strategies to combat congestion in the system.[9] This included having Orange and Silver line trains skip the Stadium–Armory station during rush hours, but service had been restored as of November.[10]

Station layout[edit]

G Street level Exit/entrance
M Mezzanine One-way faregates, ticket machines, station agent
Platform level
Westbound WMATA Blue.svg toward Franconia–Springfield (Potomac Avenue)
WMATA Orange.svg toward Vienna (Potomac Avenue)
WMATA Silver.svg toward Wiehle–Reston East (Potomac Avenue)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Eastbound WMATA Blue.svgWMATA Silver.svg Blue and Silver Lines toward Largo Town Center (Benning Road)
WMATA Orange.svg toward New Carrollton (Minnesota Avenue)


  1. ^ "Metrorail Average Weekday Passenger Boardings" (PDF). WMATA. Retrieved July 31, 2018. 
  2. ^ Aratani, Lori (December 5, 2012). "Metro details Silver Line service changes". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 8, 2016. 
  3. ^ Feaver, Douglas B. (July 1, 1977), "Today, Metro could be U.S. model", The Washington Post, p. A1 
  4. ^ "Sequence of Metrorail openings" (PDF). WMATA. 2017. p. 3. Retrieved May 30, 2018. 
  5. ^ Staff Reporters (June 24, 1977), "Metro's newest stations: Where they are, what's nearby", The Washington Post 
  6. ^ Eisen, Jack; Feinstein, John (November 18, 1978), "City–County fanfare opens Orange Line; Ceremonies open new Orange Line", The Washington Post, p. D1 
  7. ^ Cooke, Janet (November 23, 1980), "Three new Metro stations have a festive first day", The Washington Post, p. D1 
  8. ^ Halsey, Ashley (July 26, 2014). "All aboard! Metro's new Silver Line rolls down the tracks for the first time". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 8, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Metro: Changes to Orange, Silver lines to ease delays". September 25, 2015. Retrieved July 8, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Metro plans additional service change at Stadium-Armory Station to further ease rush-hour congestion, delays on Orange, Blue & Silver lines" (Press release). Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. September 27, 2015. Retrieved July 8, 2016. 

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Coordinates: 38°53′18″N 76°58′38″W / 38.8883°N 76.9771°W / 38.8883; -76.9771