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

Julie Plavsic
David Potocnik
Aleksandrs Aperans
Dennis Gonzalez
Laura Mills
Fred Moon
Sig Cohen
Abraham Medoff
Kimmo Kartano
Marissa Knaak
Thomas Cash
Lawson Brooks III
Daniel Honberg
Deborah Coughlin
Tom Bragg
Michael Mintz
Elijah Rouse
Sara Murphy
Jennifer Swize
Mary Gasperetti
Sara Geist
Geoffrey Knight
laura richards
Alex Covington
Kenn Allen
Kathryn Ali
Brooke Haywood Hack
Bern Smith
Katie Cheng
Bradley Thomas
4,000 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Julie Plavsic
    signed 2018-12-31 00:20:17 -0500
  • David Potocnik
    signed 2018-12-30 23:32:26 -0500
  • Aleksandrs Aperans
    signed 2018-12-30 21:50:02 -0500
    Aleksandrs Aperans
  • Dennis Gonzalez
    signed via 2018-12-30 18:18:08 -0500
  • Laura Mills
    signed 2018-12-30 18:17:05 -0500
  • Fred Moon
    signed 2018-12-30 16:06:33 -0500
  • Sig Cohen
    signed 2018-12-30 13:56:13 -0500
  • Abraham Medoff
    signed 2018-12-30 13:48:34 -0500
    Abraham Medoff
  • Kimmo Kartano
    signed 2018-12-30 12:10:17 -0500
  • Marissa Knaak
    signed 2018-12-30 12:06:07 -0500
  • Thomas Cash
    signed 2018-12-30 11:26:00 -0500
    No more public money for ANY more sports arenas in DC. We’ve got the Nats and the United and that’s all we need. Let’s turn the RFK site into green space to offset the massive amount of development that is taking place in the city. This would be better for the Anacostia in terms of storm water runoff, water quality etc. We already have reservation 13 for a massive new development over there so don’t need more development. A larger waterfront park would be beneficial to ALL!!!
  • Lawson Brooks III
    signed 2018-12-30 11:07:41 -0500
  • Daniel Honberg
    signed 2018-12-30 10:25:16 -0500
  • Deborah Coughlin
    signed 2018-12-30 09:58:14 -0500
    Deborah Coughlin
  • Tom Bragg
    signed 2018-12-29 22:59:13 -0500
  • Michael Mintz
    signed 2018-12-29 22:33:09 -0500
    Michael E Mintz
  • Elijah Rouse
    signed 2018-12-29 22:22:38 -0500
    Not while they’re named the Washington Racial Slurs.
  • Sara Murphy
    signed 2018-12-29 20:04:36 -0500
  • Jennifer Swize
    signed via 2018-12-29 12:05:38 -0500
  • Mary Gasperetti
    signed 2018-12-29 08:14:44 -0500
    I think the old RFK and the land around it should be developed to serve DC residents and their surrounding communities – not a sports team owner. Why not a public park and open green space with various types of recreation options to be enjoyed by all residents year round – not just those who can afford the price of a football game a few times a year?
  • Sara Geist
    signed 2018-12-29 07:48:02 -0500
  • Geoffrey Knight
    signed 2018-12-28 09:05:53 -0500
  • laura richards
    signed 2018-12-28 03:14:45 -0500
    The offensive team name is reason enough to bar a new stadium. Apart from that, stadiums never pay for themselves, directly or as a development catalyst. Go with mixed-use as long planned.
  • Alex Covington
    signed 2018-12-27 16:29:56 -0500
    Alex Covington
  • Kenn Allen
    signed via 2018-12-27 15:16:29 -0500
  • Kathryn Ali
    signed via 2018-12-27 15:06:30 -0500
    Kathryn Ali
  • Brooke Haywood Hack
    signed 2018-12-27 10:45:25 -0500
    No, no, NO to the Washington DC football team!
  • Bern Smith
    signed 2018-12-27 06:06:23 -0500
    Bern Smith
  • Katie Cheng
    signed 2018-12-26 22:52:23 -0500
  • Bradley Thomas
    signed 2018-12-26 21:49:49 -0500
    This is one of the last large sites in DC capable of accommodating large-scale residential and mixed-use development. With close access to the central business district and proximity to the stadium armory metro station, this is an ideal area to add housing. Locating people close to jobs, transit, and commercial areas has tremendous environmental benefits compared to car-centric exurban sprawl. Without upzoning DC’s beautiful historic housing, the Capital will struggle to accommodate growth. We need to use all available land in the district wisely and an NFL stadium is the most wasteful use of land and funds imaginable. DC needs more housing and Hill East/Kingman Park are largely a retail desert . Use the Wharf and Navy Yard as a model and start building another great walkable urban neighborhood in DC!