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

John Goodman
Lisa Wingate
Margaret Dwyer
Walter Willson
Elke Chen
Kerry McGee
Holly Schuster
Kyle WardDahl
Craig Childers
Leah Krynicky
Bill Mosley
Geoffrey Hatchard
Jeffery Watson
Andria Thomas
Kacey Murray
Rachael and Robert Loper
Julie Kang
Jack Pratt
Matt Eldridge
Brian Callahan
Nicole Arslanagic
Alexander Cain
Kara Fambrough
Derek Warren
Kenneth Millstone
Aaron Zucker
David Whitehead
4,000 signatures

Will you sign?

  • John Goodman
    signed 2018-12-14 17:49:35 -0500
  • Lisa Wingate
    signed 2018-12-14 17:48:03 -0500
  • Margaret Dwyer
    signed 2018-12-14 17:45:43 -0500
  • Walter Willson
    signed 2018-12-14 17:45:29 -0500
  • Elke Chen
    signed via 2018-12-14 17:44:52 -0500
  • Kerry McGee
    signed via 2018-12-14 17:42:34 -0500
  • Holly Schuster
    signed 2018-12-14 17:41:33 -0500
  • Scott Carroll
    @kscdc tweeted link to this page. 2018-12-14 17:40:23 -0500
    Sign the petition: Hail No to a New Stadium at RFK - Add Your Name Below https://www.hailnorfk.com/?recruiter_id=1193153
  • Kyle WardDahl
    signed 2018-12-14 17:37:34 -0500
    Kyle WardDahl
  • Craig Childers
    signed 2018-12-14 17:37:30 -0500
  • Leah Krynicky
    signed 2018-12-14 17:37:14 -0500
  • Bill Mosley
    signed 2018-12-14 17:36:52 -0500
  • Geoffrey Hatchard
    signed 2018-12-14 17:35:52 -0500

  • Jeffery Watson
    signed 2018-12-14 17:32:20 -0500
  • Andria Thomas
    signed 2018-12-14 17:31:37 -0500
  • Kacey Murray
    signed 2018-12-14 17:31:36 -0500
  • Rachael Wilson Loper
    @rachaelDC tweeted link to this page. 2018-12-14 17:29:25 -0500
  • Rachael and Robert Loper
    signed 2018-12-14 17:29:02 -0500
    no, no, no, no, a thousand times no.
  • Julie Kang
    signed 2018-12-14 17:25:59 -0500
  • Jack Pratt
    signed 2018-12-14 17:25:22 -0500
  • Matt Eldridge
    signed 2018-12-14 17:23:24 -0500
  • Brian Callahan
    signed 2018-12-14 17:22:59 -0500
  • Nicole Arslanagic
    signed 2018-12-14 17:20:37 -0500
  • Alexander Cain
    signed 2018-12-14 17:19:59 -0500
    Michelle Cain
  • Kara Fambrough
    signed 2018-12-14 17:19:38 -0500
  • Derek Warren
    signed 2018-12-14 17:18:10 -0500
  • Kenneth Millstone
    signed 2018-12-14 17:16:56 -0500
    Kenneth J Millstone
  • Aaron Zucker
    signed 2018-12-14 17:13:04 -0500
  • David Whitehead
    signed 2018-12-14 17:12:01 -0500
  • N R
    signed 2018-12-14 17:11:03 -0500
    This is beyond ridiculous, the racial slur team and its billionaire owner can pay for their own stadium. The team sucks as does management and ownership, they can’t fill up the garbage heap that is fed ex field. Also, the Nationals already took all the money.