Hail No to a New Stadium at RFK - Add Your Name Below

Read my August 1, 2023 op-ed in the Washington Post.

If you believe the 190 acres of RFK's campus could be more than the next NFL stadium, say #HailNo and sign this petition below:

"As a DC resident, I am against a deal that gives away a single square foot of land or a single District tax dollar to build a new stadium.

  • I believe the 190 acres alongside the Anacostia River could be so much more than oceans of asphalt for surface parking and a 60,000 seat stadium.

  • On average, most NFL stadiums only hold 10 to 20 events annually outside of eight NFL home games, meaning the stadium sits empty more than 300 days a year. An enormous space that sits empty doesn’t spur economic growth or create meaingful jobs and doesn’t help the surrounding community.

  • Make no mistake - people drive to NFL games and they're going to park somewhere, regardless of how much is available. At San Francisco's new stadium, they had to rent out all of the parking lots at a nearby amusement park. Where do you think people will park around RFK if there isn't enough parking for fans?

  • Nationwide, since 1997 we've seen the NFL pit communities against each other while collecting more than $6.7 billion dollars from taxpayers to build stadiums for privately-owned teams. Overall, local taxpayers end up footing around half the bill for a new NFL stadium.  

  • The costs of these projects are always higher than estimated. The five most recent newly-constructed NFL stadiums have surpassed more than $1 billion dollars each!

  • As a DC resident, I don't want to see DC hoodwinked into paying for a billionaire's stadium. The District needs our tax dollars to create new housing at all levels, support local DC entrepreneurs who run small and local business, take urgent steps forward to shift to a 100% clean energy environment, build larger and modern schools for our growing city, fund our Metro system, and in general spend money to make life better and easier for DC residents.

  • Sitting on the banks of the historic Anacostia River, a new stadium and all of the traffic and trash that would come along, would set the Anacostia River's improvement back. RFK has never had to meet standards set by the National Environmental Policy Act, and I am concerned any deal worked out under the outgoing Congress would try to extend the exemption to holding the site accountable to environmental standards.

Dedicating millions of dollars to bring an NFL stadium to the District is a bad deal and a poor use of an incredible opportunity. 

Thank you."

Who's signing

Jean-Marc Bernard
Michael Silverman
Julie Dye
Michelle Wilsey
Justin Schauble
Stephen Collesano
Tom Walter
John Strickler
Barbara Helmick
Laurie Freeman
Robert Stocks
Philip Sedlak
Rita Collins
Leo Pinson
Ann Hoffman
Debra Delay
Jon Wadsworth
Mary Calhoun
Joy Butscher
Aaron Lancaster
Bengal Richter
Jessica Huber
Deborah Baker
Sara Bc
Meg Maguire
Sharon Ryan
Kevin Carroll
Marcie Cohen
joseph tarantolo
Rob Seaver
4,000 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Jean-Marc Bernard
    signed 2019-09-07 14:37:58 -0400
  • Michael Silverman
    signed 2019-09-07 14:29:33 -0400
  • Julie Dye
    signed 2019-09-07 13:22:03 -0400
    Julie Dye
  • Michelle Wilsey
    signed via 2019-09-07 11:29:41 -0400
  • Justin Schauble
    signed 2019-09-07 11:26:12 -0400
  • Stephen Collesano
    signed 2019-09-07 10:13:12 -0400
  • Tom Walter
    signed 2019-09-07 09:01:03 -0400
  • John Strickler
    signed 2019-09-07 08:50:07 -0400
  • Barbara Helmick
    signed 2019-09-07 08:15:14 -0400
  • Laurie Freeman
    signed 2019-09-07 07:51:34 -0400
    Laurie Freeman
  • Robert Stocks
    signed 2019-09-07 06:30:39 -0400
  • Philip Sedlak
    signed 2019-09-07 05:35:50 -0400
  • Rita Collins
    signed 2019-09-06 23:46:58 -0400
  • Leo Pinson
    signed 2019-09-06 23:13:37 -0400
    Hail no to a stadium gift for Snyder!
  • Ann Hoffman
    signed 2019-09-06 23:08:35 -0400
  • Debra Delay
    signed via 2019-09-06 21:46:54 -0400
    Debra Delay
  • Jon Wadsworth
    signed 2019-09-06 21:18:12 -0400
    A stadium on this site would be an incredible waste and would lead to amazing anger from the residents here.
  • Mary Calhoun
    signed 2019-09-06 20:13:05 -0400
    Mary Laura Calhoun
  • Joy Butscher
    signed 2019-09-06 19:53:46 -0400
  • Aaron Lancaster
    signed 2019-09-06 19:02:30 -0400
  • Bengal Richter
    signed 2019-09-06 18:47:22 -0400
  • Jessica Huber
    signed 2019-09-06 18:04:59 -0400
  • Deborah Baker
    signed 2019-09-06 18:00:03 -0400
  • Sara Bc
    signed 2019-09-06 17:50:14 -0400
    Please build affordable housing there instead ffs
  • Meg Maguire
    signed 2019-09-06 17:29:28 -0400
  • Sharon Ryan
    signed 2019-09-06 17:26:45 -0400
  • Kevin Carroll
    signed 2019-09-06 17:12:43 -0400
  • Marcie Cohen
    signed 2019-09-06 16:57:39 -0400
  • joseph tarantolo
    signed 2019-09-06 16:57:20 -0400
    No stadium opens the possibility for more beauty, more dwellings, more recreation, and a closer tie to the Anacostia river which will be swimmable by 2025!
  • Rob Seaver
    signed 2019-09-06 16:52:14 -0400