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

Cherie Lester
David Steenburg
Ryan Stitt
Anouk Savineau
Eric King
Mike Licht
Beth Roberson
Stacey Folsom
Taylor Kuether
Andrew Paulson
Caitlin Rogger
Jenni Lopez
Tonya Beckman
Erin Berg
Molly Kinder
Arun Rao
Thomas Cohen
Matthew Nocella
Spencer Gilbert
Lisa Beal
Robb Dooling
Tiphany Gilbert
Marie Cohen
Erik Cieslewicz
Andrew Otey
Angela Pelletier
Annie Morgan
Greg Gautreaux
4,000 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Cherie Lester
    signed 2018-12-14 14:12:34 -0500
  • David Steenburg
    signed 2018-12-14 14:10:44 -0500
  • Ryan Stitt
    signed 2018-12-14 14:09:47 -0500
  • Anouk Savineau
    signed 2018-12-14 14:09:37 -0500
  • Eric King
    signed 2018-12-14 14:09:22 -0500
  • Mike Licht
    signed 2018-12-14 14:08:13 -0500
    We need residential housing, not a gladiatorial space used only a dozen times a year.
  • Beth Roberson
    signed 2018-12-14 14:08:02 -0500
  • Stacey Folsom
    signed via 2018-12-14 14:07:58 -0500
  • Taylor Kuether
    signed 2018-12-14 14:07:55 -0500
  • Andrew Paulson
    signed 2018-12-14 14:07:53 -0500
  • Caitlin Rogger
    signed 2018-12-14 14:07:29 -0500
  • Jenni Lopez
    signed 2018-12-14 14:07:26 -0500
  • Tonya Beckman
    signed 2018-12-14 14:07:20 -0500
  • Erin Berg
    signed 2018-12-14 14:07:19 -0500
  • Molly Kinder
    signed 2018-12-14 14:06:07 -0500
  • Arun Rao
    signed 2018-12-14 14:06:06 -0500
  • J O
    signed 2018-12-14 14:05:52 -0500
  • Thomas Cohen
    signed 2018-12-14 14:05:23 -0500
  • Matthew Nocella
    signed via 2018-12-14 14:05:06 -0500
  • Spencer Gilbert
    signed 2018-12-14 14:04:20 -0500
  • Lisa Beal
    signed 2018-12-14 14:02:18 -0500
  • Robb Dooling
    signed 2018-12-14 14:02:06 -0500
  • Tiphany Gilbert
    signed 2018-12-14 14:00:51 -0500
  • Marie Cohen
    signed 2018-12-14 14:00:43 -0500
    Marie K Cohen
  • Erik Cieslewicz
    signed 2018-12-14 13:59:58 -0500
  • Ibew
    @IBEW tweeted link to this page. 2018-12-14 13:59:36 -0500
    Sign the petition: Hail No to a New Stadium at RFK - Add Your Name Below https://www.hailnorfk.com/?recruiter_id=1217766
  • Andrew Otey
    signed 2018-12-14 13:59:05 -0500
  • Angela Pelletier
    signed 2018-12-14 13:57:47 -0500
  • Annie Morgan
    signed 2018-12-14 13:57:41 -0500
  • Greg Gautreaux
    signed 2018-12-14 13:56:37 -0500
    There is no reason a guy worth $2B and who pulls in north of $350M a year can’t fund his own excess. In Oxon Hill.