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

Michelle McGrain
Jason Treat
Jonathan Stivers
Ilse Peterson
Jude Graham
Karen Currie
Lynn Doy
Troy Williams
Elizabeth Burman
Sarah Tauber
Mark Trainer
Lynn Cochrane
Harry Faulkner
Jason Broehm
Scott Barash
Greg Piper
Daniel Lakin
Jennifer Doherty
Greg Schlegel
Tom Whitehead
Janice LeGarde
Joe Brophy
Austin Powell
Ryan Musser
Joyce Boggerson
Paul Horenkamp
Andrew Hanko
Heidi Jaafar
Huma Imtiaz
4,000 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Michelle McGrain
    signed 2018-12-15 11:33:46 -0500
  • Jason Treat
    signed 2018-12-15 11:32:56 -0500
  • Jonathan Stivers
    signed 2018-12-15 11:27:59 -0500
  • Ilse Peterson
    signed 2018-12-15 11:24:37 -0500
  • Jude Graham
    signed 2018-12-15 11:22:51 -0500
  • Karen Currie
    signed via 2018-12-15 11:22:10 -0500
  • Lynn Doy
    signed 2018-12-15 11:21:47 -0500
  • Troy Williams
    signed 2018-12-15 11:20:30 -0500
  • Elizabeth Burman
    signed 2018-12-15 11:18:34 -0500
  • Sarah Tauber
    signed 2018-12-15 11:17:58 -0500
  • Mark Trainer
    signed 2018-12-15 11:16:24 -0500
    Mark Trainer
  • Lynn Cochrane
    signed 2018-12-15 11:13:35 -0500
  • Harry Faulkner
    signed 2018-12-15 11:13:29 -0500
  • Jason Broehm
    signed 2018-12-15 11:13:11 -0500
  • Scott Barash
    signed 2018-12-15 11:12:56 -0500
  • Greg Piper
    @gregpiper tweeted link to this page. 2018-12-15 11:11:44 -0500
    Sign the petition: #HailNo to a New Stadium at RFK https://www.hailnorfk.com/?recruiter_id=1061211
  • Greg Piper
    signed 2018-12-15 11:11:10 -0500
    I’m a Kingman Park resident and homeowner. We were told we’d be getting West Potomac Park-style play fields and a Union Market-style hall. You will be condemning our neighborhood to asphalt, fumes and colonization by cars that clog our streets and pollute our air if you satisfy Dan Snyder’s lust for another stadium. Stand with neighborhoods, not plutocrats.
  • Daniel Lakin
    signed 2018-12-15 11:10:44 -0500
  • Jennifer Doherty
    signed 2018-12-15 11:07:37 -0500
  • Greg Schlegel
    signed 2018-12-15 11:07:19 -0500
  • Tom Whitehead
    signed 2018-12-15 11:06:42 -0500
  • Janice LeGarde
    signed 2018-12-15 11:06:07 -0500
  • Joe Brophy
    signed 2018-12-15 11:05:22 -0500
  • Austin Powell
    signed 2018-12-15 10:56:34 -0500
  • Ryan Musser
    signed 2018-12-15 10:56:28 -0500
    Bringing in an NFL stadium would be such as a waste, when we have the opportunity to turn this prime land into recreational parks, a place to enjoy the Anacostia River, and/or more housing for an increasingly expensive city
  • Joyce Boggerson
    signed 2018-12-15 10:56:23 -0500
    Joyce Cassandra Boggerson
  • Paul Horenkamp
    signed 2018-12-15 10:55:19 -0500
    Paul Horenkamp
  • Andrew Hanko
    signed 2018-12-15 10:54:45 -0500
  • Heidi Jaafar
    signed 2018-12-15 10:53:19 -0500
  • Huma Imtiaz
    signed 2018-12-15 10:51:55 -0500