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

Marsha Edney
Charles Dickinson
James Hollis
Becca Schendel Norris
Anna Eisenberg
Sandra George
Margaret Kennedy
Emma LePore
Tamara Austin
Joyce A Davis
Danica Petroshius
Monica Snellings
Purdy Jenkins
Helen Peil
Pat Murphy Sheehy
Shalontia Dowe
Gregory Daniel
Agnieszka Paczynska
Sandra Butler-Truesdale
Christy Griffin
Brandon West
Kitty Sheehan
Josh Boots
Chetan Patil
Amanda Clarke
Anders Pedersen
Sam Rosen-Amy
Greg Zielinski
Allison Stalla
Michael Hoenig
4,000 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Marsha Edney
    signed 2018-12-15 07:45:53 -0500
  • Charles Dickinson
    signed 2018-12-15 07:45:20 -0500
  • James Hollis
    signed 2018-12-15 07:44:14 -0500
  • Becca Schendel Norris
    signed 2018-12-15 07:31:13 -0500
  • Anna Eisenberg
    signed via 2018-12-15 07:18:47 -0500
  • Sandra George
    signed 2018-12-15 07:18:21 -0500
  • Margaret Kennedy
    signed via 2018-12-15 07:15:52 -0500
  • Emma LePore
    signed 2018-12-15 07:14:22 -0500
  • Tamara Austin
    signed 2018-12-15 06:57:18 -0500
  • Joyce A Davis
    signed 2018-12-15 06:47:43 -0500
    i too am opposed to this plan and agree with so many of the comments posted to which i add mine – money needed for this project could be better spent to ensure school children have all the resources (books, computers and supplies) they need to learn in safe modern schools as well as opportunities to go outside to study art (photography, drawing, painting) nature and the environment and to use math and science skills in real time in the real world.
  • Danica Petroshius
    signed via 2018-12-15 06:33:26 -0500
  • Monica Snellings
    signed via 2018-12-15 06:18:28 -0500
  • Purdy Jenkins
    signed 2018-12-15 06:10:52 -0500
    Why can’t the NE side of the city have mix use development with a waterfront like the other three quadrants of the city.

    Virginia didn’t take them because common sense told them to add a reliable tax base by building waterfront properties.
  • Helen Peil
    signed 2018-12-15 06:09:43 -0500
  • Pat Murphy Sheehy
    signed 2018-12-15 06:01:41 -0500
    Please don’t give our land to the billionaires who don’t live here or pay taxes. I support

    Charles Allen’s petition to save the land for our residents and not some corporations profit!

    Pat Murphy Sheehy
  • Shalontia Dowe
    signed 2018-12-15 04:45:30 -0500
  • Gregory Daniel
    signed via 2018-12-15 04:42:48 -0500
  • Agnieszka Paczynska
    signed 2018-12-15 03:44:58 -0500
  • Sandra Butler-Truesdale
    signed 2018-12-15 03:20:57 -0500
  • Christy Griffin
    signed 2018-12-15 03:18:45 -0500
  • Brandon West
    signed 2018-12-15 03:09:18 -0500
  • Kitty Sheehan
    signed 2018-12-15 02:17:32 -0500
  • Josh Boots
    signed 2018-12-15 02:11:55 -0500
  • Chetan Patil
    signed 2018-12-15 01:41:16 -0500
  • Amanda Clarke
    signed 2018-12-15 01:26:12 -0500
  • Anders Pedersen
    signed 2018-12-15 00:52:25 -0500
  • Sam Rosen-Amy
    signed 2018-12-15 00:43:39 -0500
  • Greg Zielinski
    signed 2018-12-15 00:38:38 -0500
  • Allison Stalla
    signed 2018-12-15 00:28:02 -0500
  • Michael Hoenig
    signed 2018-12-15 00:26:12 -0500