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 Molchany
Tim Durney
Laura Cohen
Benjamin Lazarus
Matthew Eide
Doug Foote
David Cooling
Zeb Schorr
Ryan Eshelman
Lori Hamilton
Caroline Kariemu
Joan Hay
D. Holmes
Laura Fuchs
Tim Finklea
Jacqueline Cook
Alexandra Fisher
Rosalind Carney
Hannah Swanson
Marilyn Pratt
Geoffrey King
Molly Friesenborg
Sam DeLuca
Stephanie DeLuca
Nick Sementelli
Eleni O'Donovan
Brandon Partridge
Samir Bitar
Bailey Butler
Betty Behrens
4,000 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Holly Molchany
    signed 2018-12-14 16:01:52 -0500
  • Tim Durney
    signed 2018-12-14 16:00:17 -0500
    No NFL team in our neighborhood!
  • Laura Cohen
    signed via 2018-12-14 15:59:53 -0500
  • Benjamin Lazarus
    signed 2018-12-14 15:57:35 -0500
  • Matthew Eide
    signed 2018-12-14 15:55:58 -0500
    Matthew D Eide
  • Doug Foote
    signed 2018-12-14 15:54:25 -0500
  • David Cooling
    signed 2018-12-14 15:54:25 -0500
  • Zeb Schorr
    signed 2018-12-14 15:50:24 -0500
  • Ryan Eshelman
    signed 2018-12-14 15:50:03 -0500
  • Lori Hamilton
    signed 2018-12-14 15:49:08 -0500
    Lori Hamilton
  • Caroline Kariemu
    signed 2018-12-14 15:48:19 -0500
  • Joan Hay
    signed 2018-12-14 15:46:13 -0500
  • D. Holmes
    signed 2018-12-14 15:46:04 -0500
  • Laura Fuchs
    signed 2018-12-14 15:44:59 -0500
  • Tim Finklea
    signed 2018-12-14 15:43:54 -0500
  • Jacqueline Cook
    signed 2018-12-14 15:43:49 -0500
    Jacqueline Cook
  • Alexandra Fisher
    signed 2018-12-14 15:43:35 -0500
  • Rosalind Carney
    signed 2018-12-14 15:42:26 -0500
  • Hannah Swanson
    signed via 2018-12-14 15:41:59 -0500
  • Marilyn Pratt
    signed via 2018-12-14 15:41:37 -0500
    I signed
  • Geoffrey King
    signed via 2018-12-14 15:40:54 -0500
  • Molly Friesenborg
    signed 2018-12-14 15:40:32 -0500
  • Sam DeLuca
    signed 2018-12-14 15:39:35 -0500
  • Stephanie DeLuca
    signed 2018-12-14 15:39:35 -0500
  • Nick Sementelli
    signed 2018-12-14 15:39:14 -0500
  • Eleni O'Donovan
    signed 2018-12-14 15:39:04 -0500
  • Brandon Partridge
    signed 2018-12-14 15:38:19 -0500
  • Samir Bitar
    signed 2018-12-14 15:37:58 -0500
  • Bailey Butler
    signed 2018-12-14 15:37:15 -0500
  • Betty Behrens
    signed 2018-12-14 15:37:13 -0500