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 and doesn’t help the surrounding community, as study after study has demonstrated.

  • 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

Zachary Cafritz
Ben Curran
Mandy Roberts
Jill Normington
Mandisa Oni Jones
Alan Roth
Penelope Kyritsis
Patrick King
Rebecca Gordon
Doris Anne Martin
Tony Camilli
Radhika Bhat
William Foskett
Byron Willis
Jeremy Mohler
Kyle Smitz
Amanda Palleschi
David DiGiovanna
Nick Wertsch
Vincent DeLaurentis
Janice Glick
Scott Carlson
Melissa Kramer
Todd Cain
John Davisson
Dale Kaufman
Kate Coventry
Daniel Schramm
TIm Minelli
4,000 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Zachary Cafritz
    signed 2019-01-22 11:05:39 -0500
  • Ben Curran
    signed 2019-01-20 22:47:57 -0500
    We have to stop this from happening. No need for a new stadium to begin with, let alone the shameful name of the Washington team, and I am a proud native Washingtonian.
  • Mandy Roberts
    signed via 2019-01-13 15:09:36 -0500
  • Jill Normington
    signed via 2019-01-13 11:07:29 -0500
  • Mandisa Oni Jones
    signed 2019-01-12 21:31:31 -0500
  • Alan Roth
    signed 2019-01-11 15:26:44 -0500
  • Penelope Kyritsis
    signed via 2019-01-11 13:16:00 -0500
  • Patrick King
    signed via 2019-01-10 12:47:29 -0500
  • Rebecca Gordon
    signed via 2019-01-10 09:51:15 -0500
  • Doris Anne Martin
    signed 2019-01-09 20:02:40 -0500
    It would be an abomination to use this site as a stadium. It should be used for the good of the people every day.
  • Tony Camilli
    signed 2019-01-08 14:21:42 -0500
  • Radhika Bhat
    signed via 2019-01-08 12:00:52 -0500
  • William Foskett
    signed 2019-01-08 09:42:35 -0500
  • Byron Willis
    signed 2019-01-07 23:27:02 -0500
  • Jeremy Mohler
    signed 2019-01-07 21:07:34 -0500
  • Kyle Smitz
    signed 2019-01-07 18:44:22 -0500
  • Amanda Palleschi
    signed 2019-01-07 17:11:12 -0500
    Amanda Palleschi
  • David DiGiovanna
    signed 2019-01-07 15:28:09 -0500
  • Nick Wertsch
    signed 2019-01-07 13:19:28 -0500
  • Vincent DeLaurentis
    signed 2019-01-07 12:37:15 -0500
  • Janice Glick
    signed via 2019-01-07 11:33:51 -0500
  • Scott Carlson
    signed 2019-01-07 10:53:39 -0500
    With the influx of people—and particularly younger people—to the District, space within our borders is at a premium. We have the opportunity to re-purpose this space for the benefit of residents all year round. While I can appreciate pro football, devoting this much space to something that would only benefit the community economically and sports-wise for a few days a year does not seem to be in the best interests of the District of Columbia. Sports facilities for all to enjoy year round is a healthier and wiser decision.
  • Melissa Kramer
    signed 2019-01-07 09:53:51 -0500
  • Todd Cain
    signed via 2019-01-07 08:21:25 -0500
  • John Davisson
    signed via 2019-01-07 01:02:56 -0500
  • Dale Kaufman
    @dale4tiger tweeted link to this page. 2019-01-06 21:21:03 -0500
    Sign the petition: Hail No to a New Stadium at RFK - Add Your Name Below https://www.hailnorfk.com/?recruiter_id=1220727
  • Dale Kaufman
    signed via 2019-01-06 21:20:46 -0500
  • Kate Coventry
    signed 2019-01-06 15:14:12 -0500
  • Daniel Schramm
    signed 2019-01-06 11:06:45 -0500
    Daniel Schramm
  • TIm Minelli
    signed 2019-01-04 20:44:48 -0500