Stadium–Armory station

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WMATA Metro Logo.svg Stadium–Armory Blue Line Orange Line Silver Line
Stadium-Armory Metro.jpg
Location 192 19th Street, Southeast
Washington, D.C. 20003
Owned by Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
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; 40 years ago (July 1, 1977)
Passengers (2016) 2,379 daily [1]Decrease 15.31%
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 currently the home of the D.C. United soccer team, but previously served as the home of the Washington Redskins, the Washington Nationals, and the Washington Senators before the team moved to Texas and became the Texas Rangers. 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 and the opening of the Arlington Cemetery, Capitol South, Crystal City, Eastern Market, Farragut West, Federal Center SW, Federal Triangle, Foggy Bottom–GWU, L'Enfant Plaza, McPherson Square, National Airport, Pentagon, Pentagon City, Potomac Avenue, Rosslyn and Smithsonian stations.[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 planned move of D.C. United to a new soccer-specific stadium in the Buzzard Point area of Washington by the year 2020, 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 Blue Line Blue Line toward Franconia–Springfield (Potomac Avenue)
Orange Line Orange Line toward Vienna (Potomac Avenue)
Silver Line Silver Line toward Wiehle – Reston East (Potomac Avenue)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Eastbound Blue Line Blue Line toward Largo Town Center (Benning Road)
Orange Line Orange Line toward New Carrollton (Minnesota Avenue)
Silver Line Silver Line toward Largo Town Center (Benning Road)


  1. ^ "Metrorail Average Weekday Passenger Boardings" (PDF). WMATA. Retrieved 2017-04-26. 
  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. ^ Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (July 2009). "Sequence of Metrorail openings" (PDF). Retrieved July 25, 2010. 
  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