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

Peter Krupa
Dennis Barry
Lexi Smith
Meredith Daniel
Jonathan Renaut
Kathleen Oneill
Jon Brandt
Stephen Perks
Fritz Henn
Anita Levy
Jonathan Chen
Paul Angelone
Gabriel Gopen
Katherine Wulff
Shea Kinser
Mark Sussman
Nathan1 Paxton
Richard Brooks
Helene Monteil
Dany Sigwalt
Alex Schroeder
caitlin legacki
Ryan Jackson
Helena Smolich
Gretchen Giovanni
Andrea Pawley
Brice McKeever
Rosemary Freeman
andrew moiseff
Jeremy Gelb
4,000 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Peter Krupa
    signed 2018-12-15 10:49:21 -0500
  • Dennis Barry
    signed 2018-12-15 10:48:52 -0500
  • Lexi Smith
    signed 2018-12-15 10:44:19 -0500
  • Meredith Daniel
    signed 2018-12-15 10:44:11 -0500
  • Jonathan Renaut
    signed 2018-12-15 10:41:52 -0500
  • Kathleen Oneill
    signed 2018-12-15 10:39:19 -0500
  • Jon Brandt
    signed 2018-12-15 10:38:55 -0500
  • Stephen Perks
    signed 2018-12-15 10:37:50 -0500
    Stephen Perks
  • Fritz Henn
    signed 2018-12-15 10:37:08 -0500
  • Anita Levy
    signed 2018-12-15 10:34:19 -0500
  • Jonathan Chen
    signed via 2018-12-15 10:34:07 -0500
  • Paul Angelone
    signed 2018-12-15 10:32:30 -0500
  • Gabriel Gopen
    signed 2018-12-15 10:32:12 -0500
    I oppose public welfare to billionaires. No public funding to standiums.
  • Katherine Wulff
    signed 2018-12-15 10:21:06 -0500
  • Shea Kinser
    signed 2018-12-15 10:20:36 -0500
  • Mark Sussman
    signed 2018-12-15 10:20:30 -0500
  • Nathan1 Paxton
    signed 2018-12-15 10:16:32 -0500
  • Richard Brooks
    signed 2018-12-15 10:15:52 -0500
    I live 3 blocks from RFK Stadium. I am fully supportive of developing this space, but not for an NFL stadium that will sit empty most of the year and attracting unmanageable traffic. Make this a space that truly serves all of the community in a sustainable way.
  • Helene Monteil
    signed 2018-12-15 10:14:31 -0500
  • Dany Sigwalt
    signed 2018-12-15 10:11:57 -0500
  • Alex Schroeder
    signed 2018-12-15 10:10:20 -0500
  • caitlin legacki
    signed 2018-12-15 10:06:06 -0500
  • Ryan Jackson
    signed 2018-12-15 10:04:39 -0500
  • Helena Smolich
    signed 2018-12-15 10:04:35 -0500
  • Gretchen Giovanni
    signed via 2018-12-15 10:02:53 -0500
  • Andrea Pawley
    signed 2018-12-15 09:59:52 -0500
  • Brice McKeever
    signed 2018-12-15 09:59:49 -0500
  • Rosemary Freeman
    signed 2018-12-15 09:56:49 -0500
  • andrew moiseff
    signed 2018-12-15 09:56:31 -0500
    andrew moiseff
  • Jeremy Gelb
    signed 2018-12-15 09:55:55 -0500