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

Holly Harper
Aaron McCollum
Nick Snider
Brad Keadey
Gelsey Bennett
Ryan Maloney
David Salovesh
Anna Kompanek
Margaret Troyer
Caitlin Lang
Carolyn Klingelhofer
Allison Vecere
Sarah Mars Bowie
Jonah Goodman
Melanie Cruze
Joel Vecere
Christine Miller
Joshua Burch
Janet Gilmore
Barbara Sheehan
Laura Landstrom
Brent Chittenden
Charlie Jiang
Charlotte Harper
Nick Burger
Tim Embree
Andra Wicks
Erin Palmer
Sarah Leiseca
Sarah Livingston
4,000 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Holly Harper
    signed via 2018-12-14 20:58:35 -0500
  • Aaron McCollum
    signed 2018-12-14 20:57:49 -0500
    I do not believe in public-finance sports stadiums. The fans pay their due with high ticket prices and food/beverage prices. Dan Snyder can fully pay for his own NFL stadium.
  • Nick Snider
    signed via 2018-12-14 20:57:12 -0500
  • Brad Keadey
    signed 2018-12-14 20:55:13 -0500
  • Gelsey Bennett
    signed 2018-12-14 20:53:56 -0500
  • Ryan Maloney
    signed 2018-12-14 20:52:45 -0500
  • David Salovesh
    signed 2018-12-14 20:52:10 -0500
  • Anna Kompanek
    signed 2018-12-14 20:51:36 -0500
  • Margaret Troyer
    signed via 2018-12-14 20:50:00 -0500
  • Caitlin Lang
    signed 2018-12-14 20:46:58 -0500
    This land should be multi use
  • Carolyn Klingelhofer
    signed 2018-12-14 20:41:23 -0500
  • Allison Vecere
    signed 2018-12-14 20:38:52 -0500
  • Sarah Mars Bowie
    signed 2018-12-14 20:38:45 -0500
  • Jonah Goodman
    signed 2018-12-14 20:35:00 -0500
  • Melanie Cruze
    signed 2018-12-14 20:34:11 -0500
  • Joel Vecere
    signed 2018-12-14 20:31:46 -0500
  • Christine Miller
    signed 2018-12-14 20:29:55 -0500
    Christine Miller
  • Joshua Burch
    signed 2018-12-14 20:24:42 -0500
  • Janet Gilmore
    signed 2018-12-14 20:24:12 -0500
    Let DC voters decide what happens with the RFK site.
  • Barbara Sheehan
    signed 2018-12-14 20:23:07 -0500
  • Laura Landstrom
    signed 2018-12-14 20:20:38 -0500
  • Brent Chittenden
    signed 2018-12-14 20:18:46 -0500
    Hell no!!!!
  • Charlie Jiang
    signed 2018-12-14 20:15:53 -0500
  • Charlotte Harper
    signed 2018-12-14 20:15:09 -0500
  • Nick Burger
    signed 2018-12-14 20:14:07 -0500
  • Tim Embree
    signed 2018-12-14 20:09:27 -0500
  • Andra Wicks
    signed via 2018-12-14 20:09:08 -0500
  • Erin Palmer
    signed 2018-12-14 20:06:35 -0500
  • Sarah Leiseca
    signed 2018-12-14 20:06:33 -0500
  • Sarah Livingston
    signed 2018-12-14 20:04:56 -0500