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

Jane Jorgensen
Andrew Grinberg
Brandon Lee
Adam Pountney
Michael Kraemer
Julia Bernier
Denise Krepp
Claudia Kousoulas
Joseph Arizzi
Ava Millstone
Justin Meyer
Harold Ca
Carla Rountree
Greg Billing
Rachel Gragg
Anna Sandoval
Corinne Cannon
Dryw Freed
Andrea Zimmermann
Colleen McCusker
Glen Hawkins
Karin Johanson
Madison Jones
Ann Creager
Kate Craig
Amy Treat
Tom Bridge
Anne Phillips
Matt Arnn
Mandi Berry
4,000 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Jane Jorgensen
    signed 2018-12-14 20:04:49 -0500
  • Andrew Grinberg
    signed 2018-12-14 20:00:44 -0500
    Dan Snyder should never get a dime of taxpayer dollars. Also: CHANGE THE NAME.
  • Brandon Lee
    signed 2018-12-14 19:58:51 -0500
  • Adam Pountney
    signed 2018-12-14 19:57:47 -0500
  • Michael Kraemer
    signed 2018-12-14 19:57:17 -0500
    I lived in DC for 5 years until this past fall. Loved DC United, but believed the city shouldn’t have spent money on the stadium plans. To give Snyder and his racist football team money would be an affront to everyone in DC.
  • Julia Bernier
    signed 2018-12-14 19:57:00 -0500
    Julia Bernier
  • Denise Krepp
    signed 2018-12-14 19:55:12 -0500
  • Claudia Kousoulas
    signed 2018-12-14 19:53:17 -0500
    This site has so much wonderful potential for the city—a new neighborhood and local parkland is just part of that potential. An NFL stadium is not a community asset; innovative planning and community building is.
  • Joseph Arizzi
    signed 2018-12-14 19:45:47 -0500
  • Ava Millstone
    signed 2018-12-14 19:45:18 -0500
  • Justin Meyer
    signed 2018-12-14 19:40:58 -0500
  • Harold Ca
    signed 2018-12-14 19:35:54 -0500
  • Carla Rountree
    signed 2018-12-14 19:35:12 -0500
  • Greg Billing
    signed 2018-12-14 19:33:46 -0500
  • Rachel Gragg
    signed 2018-12-14 19:31:45 -0500
  • Anna Sandoval
    signed 2018-12-14 19:30:12 -0500
    Anna B. Sandoval
  • Corinne Cannon
    signed 2018-12-14 19:26:30 -0500
  • Dryw Freed
    signed via 2018-12-14 19:22:20 -0500
    Dryw Freed
  • Andrea Zimmermann
    signed 2018-12-14 19:21:16 -0500
  • Colleen McCusker
    signed 2018-12-14 19:20:12 -0500
    Colleen McCusker
  • Glen Hawkins
    signed 2018-12-14 19:11:58 -0500
  • Karin Johanson
    signed 2018-12-14 19:11:36 -0500
  • Madison Jones
    signed 2018-12-14 19:09:16 -0500
  • Ann Creager
    signed 2018-12-14 19:06:15 -0500
  • Kate Craig
    signed 2018-12-14 18:59:46 -0500
  • Amy Treat
    signed 2018-12-14 18:57:35 -0500
  • Tom Bridge
    signed 2018-12-14 18:54:50 -0500
  • Anne Phillips
    signed via 2018-12-14 18:54:50 -0500
  • Matt Arnn
    signed 2018-12-14 18:51:59 -0500
  • Mandi Berry
    signed 2018-12-14 18:51:01 -0500