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

Brendan Kearney
Carolyn Miller
Thomas Mann
Jennifer Hirsch
Jennifer Mitchell
Ryan Hunter
S Briscoe
Erich Streckfuss
Gene Hunt
Shayna Sellars
Christine Graham
Bill Crews
Payton Chung
Alex Shuster
Reehana Raza
Brian Mandel
Abigail Nichols
Ned Cabot
Daniel Haile
lauren powell
Martha Logan
Jon Sherman
Peter Montgomery
David Hermann
Gerry Widdicombe
Matt Timmeny
Amanda Anderson
Theano Tsagka
Thomas Millar
4,000 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Brendan Kearney
    signed 2018-12-24 11:01:55 -0500
  • Carolyn Miller
    signed 2018-12-24 09:05:45 -0500
  • Thomas Mann
    signed via 2018-12-24 04:57:36 -0500
  • Jennifer Hirsch
    signed 2018-12-23 23:06:56 -0500
  • Jennifer Mitchell
    signed 2018-12-23 20:48:48 -0500
  • Ryan Hunter
    signed 2018-12-23 20:16:25 -0500
    Hail no to the Trashkins…
  • S Briscoe
    signed 2018-12-23 19:58:04 -0500
  • Erich Streckfuss
    signed 2018-12-23 19:00:41 -0500
    I grew up in Cincinnati, OH, homenof of the worst stadium deal in history. The last thing DC needs is to replicate that mistake. Snyder doesn’t need the money. The District does. We’d be better off without the ‘Slurs.
  • Gene Hunt
    signed 2018-12-23 17:52:35 -0500
  • Shayna Sellars
    signed 2018-12-23 17:31:06 -0500
  • Christine Graham
    signed 2018-12-23 15:33:41 -0500
  • Anonymous
    signed 2018-12-23 12:00:33 -0500
  • Bill Crews
    signed 2018-12-23 11:53:54 -0500
    Hail No to the Synderskins :-(
  • Payton Chung
    signed 2018-12-23 11:11:53 -0500
    Anacostia National Park deserves better.
  • Alex Shuster
    signed 2018-12-23 10:20:06 -0500
  • Reehana Raza
    signed via 2018-12-23 09:39:51 -0500
  • Brian Mandel
    signed 2018-12-23 09:02:28 -0500
  • Abigail Nichols
    signed 2018-12-23 07:57:24 -0500
  • Ned Cabot
    signed 2018-12-23 06:43:50 -0500
  • Daniel Haile
    signed 2018-12-23 03:17:01 -0500
    Daniel Haile
  • lauren powell
    signed 2018-12-23 01:26:29 -0500
  • Martha Logan
    signed 2018-12-22 23:18:30 -0500
  • Jon Sherman
    signed 2018-12-22 22:50:58 -0500
  • Peter Montgomery
    signed 2018-12-22 22:01:30 -0500
  • David Hermann
    signed 2018-12-22 21:25:01 -0500
  • Gerry Widdicombe
    signed 2018-12-22 21:24:46 -0500
    Workforce housing and playing fields would be great. Straighten out East Capitol Street. Move the National Guard. Maybe even move the Washington Hospital Center here.
  • Matt Timmeny
    signed 2018-12-22 21:23:48 -0500
    Matt Timmeny
  • Amanda Anderson
    signed 2018-12-22 20:54:08 -0500
  • Theano Tsagka
    signed via 2018-12-22 18:45:20 -0500
  • Thomas Millar
    signed 2018-12-22 18:30:25 -0500