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

If you believe the 190 acres of RFK's campus could be more than the next NFL stadium for billionaire Dan Snyder, 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 for billionaire NFL owner Dan Snyder.

  • 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

Margaret Brown
Bradley Griffus
Katherine mccann
Jason Stone
Patrick Mathias
Nicolas Dinatale
Jessica Honigberg
Ryan Stertz
John Koogler
Sandra Kilgore
Nisha Bhatt
Katherine Agnew
William Barnes
Esther Labrado
Neil Campbell
Elliot Tommingo
Chantal Dalton
James Titzell
Melanie G.
Austin Jones
Sandy Rosengarden
Caitlyn McFarland
Todd Wiggins
Sarah Pitney
Janet Bacon
John F Coates
4,000 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Margaret Brown
    signed 2018-12-19 12:57:42 -0500
  • Bradley Griffus
    signed 2018-12-19 12:21:00 -0500
  • Katie
    signed via 2018-12-19 12:17:03 -0500
  • Adam
    signed 2018-12-19 12:09:30 -0500
    No hand-outs for billionaires! There are much better ways to use the space that actually benefit DC residents.
  • Katherine mccann
    signed 2018-12-19 12:05:23 -0500
    As a 20+ year DC resident, I am shocked and disappointed by the rampant overdevelopment of the city in recent years. Other cities have cleaned up their waterways, provided greenspaces, and made thoughtful decisions about urban landscaping. DC vastly underserves those needing affordable housing and also short changes current homeowners through overcrowding and poor planning.

    Further, in an era of climate change, a football stadium (and the inevitable giant parking lots) is far from the best use of this site.
  • Jason Stone
    signed 2018-12-19 11:42:02 -0500
  • Patrick Mathias
    signed 2018-12-19 11:30:28 -0500
  • Nicolas Dinatale
    signed 2018-12-19 11:29:44 -0500
  • Jessica Honigberg
    signed via 2018-12-19 11:23:36 -0500
  • Ryan Stertz
    signed 2018-12-19 10:49:22 -0500
    Listen to the votes of your constituents, don’t make us pay to fill business pockets
  • John Koogler
    signed 2018-12-19 10:48:41 -0500
    Stadiums are a giveaway to small groups at the expense of taxpayers. Overwhelming evidence demonstrates that these promises of economic and infrastructure development are phantoms. Anyone is welcome to go out to the current stadium to see these ‘wonders of development.’ D.C. and Capitol Hill need something other than another publicly-funded monstrosity.
  • Sandra Kilgore
    signed 2018-12-19 10:48:13 -0500
    Money can be used for something more useful……like schools.
  • Nisha Bhatt
    signed 2018-12-19 10:36:01 -0500
    A sweetheart deal shouldn’t go to anyone, much less a terrible racist, tone deaf owner of the Washington football team.
  • Katherine Agnew
    signed 2018-12-19 10:08:12 -0500
    Katherine Agnew
  • William Barnes
    signed via 2018-12-19 09:52:23 -0500
  • Esther Labrado
    signed 2018-12-19 09:40:02 -0500
  • Neil Campbell
    signed 2018-12-19 09:32:35 -0500
  • Elliot Tommingo
    signed 2018-12-19 09:29:47 -0500
    With 30,000+ Amazon jobs rolling into the DMV area real estate prices making DC unlivable for anyone making $100K a year…the last thing we need is an NFL stadium taking up space for hundreds of living quarters.
  • Chantal Dalton
    signed 2018-12-19 09:27:37 -0500
    There are better uses and higher priorities for the RFK space> Put the needs of SE above any other considerations.
  • Katie
    signed 2018-12-19 09:17:43 -0500
  • James Titzell
    signed via 2018-12-19 09:10:09 -0500
    This is a waste of taxpayer money to subsidize the fetish of a billionaire and his cohort of corrupt political allies.
  • Melanie G.
    signed 2018-12-19 09:06:28 -0500
  • Austin Jones
    signed 2018-12-19 09:04:03 -0500
  • Sandy Rosengarden
    signed 2018-12-19 08:27:49 -0500
    No taxpayer $$$ for new football stadium. No subsidy for billionaire owner & profit-making team. No valuable public land giveaway for more $$$ in Snyder’s pocket. Nothing for team that disrespects people in every way possible from its name to its treatment of fans to its sense of entitlement from the public-at-large.
  • Caitlyn McFarland
    signed 2018-12-19 08:27:14 -0500
  • Todd Wiggins
    @MeetMEDC tweeted link to this page. 2018-12-19 08:21:32 -0500
    Sign the petition: Hail No to a New Stadium at RFK - Add Your Name Below https://www.hailnorfk.com/?recruiter_id=1220155
  • Todd Wiggins
    signed via 2018-12-19 08:21:04 -0500
    Todd Wiggins
  • Sarah Pitney
    signed 2018-12-19 08:07:48 -0500
    There are so many other things we could do with RFK stadium and the surrounding land. Make it a school, a hospital, low-income housing to help our homeless population – anything but a useless, waste-of-space football stadium for the owner of a racist salute to Native American genocide.
  • Janet Bacon
    signed 2018-12-19 07:58:38 -0500
  • John F Coates
    signed via 2018-12-19 07:53:19 -0500
    Let us let sports teams build their own stadiums, competing with other businesses to procure land and build stadiums. We have more pressing needs in Washington, DC.