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

Chetan Patil
Amanda Clarke
Anders Pedersen
Sam Rosen-Amy
Greg Zielinski
Allison Stalla
Michael Hoenig
Beth Small
Bryan Woodard
Bryan Kalicki
Tom Dunkel
Gary Youngblood
Dale Lowery
Noah V.
Jeremy Koulish
Ann Kurzius
Paul Eckert
Matt Erickson
Andrea Rosen
Sharon Rhoades
Denise Daniel
Payman Azadi
Jailyn Mayrant
Katie Bolton
James Murphy
Sarah Swift
Ashton Rohmer
Yoni Gray
Kristy Heidenberger
Jan Lane
4,000 signatures

Will you sign?

  • 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
  • Beth Small
    signed 2018-12-15 00:23:27 -0500
  • Bryan Woodard
    signed 2018-12-15 00:07:36 -0500
    Bryan Woodard
  • Bryan Kalicki
    signed 2018-12-15 00:00:05 -0500
  • Tom Dunkel
    signed 2018-12-14 23:58:43 -0500
  • Gary Youngblood
    signed 2018-12-14 23:46:28 -0500
  • Dale Lowery
    signed 2018-12-14 23:37:32 -0500
    We certainly don’t need to spend scarce DC Govt dollars to prop up a game that glorifies violence. Spend that money on school arts programs.
  • Noah V.
    signed 2018-12-14 23:33:07 -0500
  • Jeremy Koulish
    signed 2018-12-14 23:24:12 -0500
    The language in this petition captures my viewpoint on this atrocity of an idea very nicely.

    Also, Dan Snyder is a garbage human being.
  • Ann Kurzius
    signed 2018-12-14 23:19:48 -0500
    Ann Kurzius
  • Paul Eckert
    signed via 2018-12-14 23:16:06 -0500
  • Matt Erickson
    signed via 2018-12-14 23:14:02 -0500
  • Andrea Rosen
    signed 2018-12-14 23:07:36 -0500
  • Sharon Rhoades
    signed via 2018-12-14 23:04:08 -0500
    We don’t need a new stadium!
  • Denise Daniel
    signed 2018-12-14 23:03:38 -0500
    No. No. No. do not blight the river with a concrete block. Do not poison the river with vehicle oil run off. Do not give hardworking taxpayer dollars To billionaire owners, billionaire tv networks, millionaire athletes before you give DC police officers, teachers, social workers, food banks, senior programs and affordable housing all they resources they need.
  • Payman Azadi
    signed 2018-12-14 23:00:20 -0500
    As a Prince George’s County resident I will just say one thing, don’t do it. Dan Snyder is a crook.
  • Jailyn Mayrant
    signed 2018-12-14 22:58:38 -0500
  • Katie Bolton
    signed 2018-12-14 22:51:46 -0500
  • James Murphy
    signed 2018-12-14 22:38:53 -0500
  • Sarah Swift
    signed 2018-12-14 22:37:42 -0500
    I strongly object to this. Real data should drive development, and the data tells us that investments in stadiums like this don’t serve communities. Please don’t proceed with this plan.

    Sarah Swift
  • Ashton Rohmer
    signed 2018-12-14 22:34:46 -0500
  • Yoni Gray
    signed 2018-12-14 22:33:00 -0500
  • Kristy Heidenberger
    signed 2018-12-14 22:32:46 -0500
  • Jan Lane
    signed 2018-12-14 22:32:22 -0500