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

Joel Green
Julian Weaver
Robert Vignerot
Dennis Bass
Zack Rubin-McCarry
Nathan Danskey
Mark Reeve
Kasey Dorris
Zachary Rogstad
Susan Spaulding
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
4,000 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Joel Green
    signed 2019-01-23 04:38:19 -0500
    There is no money for racist bigots in DC that isn’t federal space
  • Julian Weaver
    signed 2019-01-22 20:59:07 -0500
    Julian Weaver
  • Robert Vignerot
    signed 2019-01-22 20:27:27 -0500
  • Dennis Bass
    signed 2019-01-22 17:49:58 -0500
  • Zack Rubin-McCarry
    signed 2019-01-22 17:00:25 -0500
  • Nathan Danskey
    signed 2019-01-22 16:06:44 -0500
    Tax payers do not need to subsidize the profitable business dealings of billionaires.
  • Mark Reeve
    signed 2019-01-22 15:48:11 -0500
    Mark Richard Reeve
  • Kasey Dorris
    signed 2019-01-22 14:29:55 -0500
    My biggest reason for signing is that I’m goddamned sick of having this city promote a racial slur as a stupid football tea name because we’re too privileged to consider the actual harm it continues to cause our native and indigineois communities.
  • Zachary Rogstad
    signed 2019-01-22 12:18:09 -0500
    As long as Dan Snyder owns the Washington Football Team and they maintain a racist epithet as their team name they have no business representing this city or playing within its limits.
  • Susan Spaulding
    signed 2019-01-22 12:01:44 -0500
    Susan Spaulding
  • 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