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

Anne Peacock
James Quinn
Jonathan Hamlet
Aaron Goldschmidt
Thomas Getman
Tiffany Farchione
Greg Alexander
Katherine White
Carl Ford
Elizabeth Becker
Joe Mokodean
Morgan Johnson
Meghan Lally Keaton
Elizabeth Corinth
Sam Baker
Katherine Collins
David Cramer
Mary Lynn Stevens
Christina Ritch
Jeffrey Zippin
Lindsey Boyle
Heather Laverty
Kirstin Krudwig
Andrew Bossi
Tim Sloan
Mark Eckenwiler
Andrew Brenner
4,000 signatures

Will you sign?

  • J. Hamlet
    @JayHamlet tweeted link to this page. 2018-12-14 13:54:49 -0500
    Sign the petition: Hail No to a New Stadium at RFK - Add Your Name Below https://www.hailnorfk.com/?recruiter_id=1217760
  • Anne Peacock
    signed 2018-12-14 13:54:40 -0500
  • James Quinn
    signed 2018-12-14 13:54:17 -0500
  • Jonathan Hamlet
    signed 2018-12-14 13:54:17 -0500
  • Aaron Goldschmidt
    signed 2018-12-14 13:52:23 -0500
  • H L
    signed 2018-12-14 13:52:08 -0500
  • Thomas Getman
    signed 2018-12-14 13:48:23 -0500
    For 42 years we have awaited a more responsible use of the acreage around RFK. Our 3 children now in their 40s rode bikes and hiked in the green space around the perimeter…now is the time to expand the space for the increasing numbers of young families in Ward 6…and to keep them safe on the neighboring streets. Please no NFL football in our ever more lovely surroundings.
  • Tiffany Farchione
    signed 2018-12-14 13:47:17 -0500
  • Greg Alexander
    signed 2018-12-14 13:46:10 -0500
  • Katherine White
    signed 2018-12-14 13:43:43 -0500
    An NFL stadium is a terrible use of space here.
  • Carl Ford
    signed 2018-12-14 13:40:54 -0500
  • Elizabeth Becker
    signed 2018-12-14 13:40:51 -0500
  • Joe Mokodean
    signed 2018-12-14 13:39:52 -0500
  • Morgan Johnson
    signed 2018-12-14 13:35:14 -0500
  • Meghan Lally Keaton
    signed 2018-12-14 13:34:45 -0500
  • Elizabeth Corinth
    signed 2018-12-14 13:34:09 -0500
    My children and I visit Kingman Island weekly, and are so excited for the alternative plans for this space, including more green space, parks, natural areas, and affordable housing. We strongly oppose an NFL stadium being built in this space.
  • Sam Baker
    signed 2018-12-14 13:30:37 -0500
  • Katherine Collins
    signed 2018-12-14 13:27:53 -0500
    Katherine K Collins
  • David Cramer
    signed 2018-12-14 13:27:16 -0500
  • Mary Lynn Stevens
    signed 2018-12-14 13:27:02 -0500
    There are so many things wrong with building a football stadium on this site — the name of the team, the corrupt nature of Dan Snyder, his desire to take free land without compensation, stealing from the neighborhood children and adults who will benefit from playing fields and parks. The fact that he has done this covertly — until the Post called him out, shows he does not deserve any largess or trust from us.
  • Christina Ritch
    signed 2018-12-14 13:24:57 -0500
  • Jeffrey Zippin
    signed 2018-12-14 13:23:43 -0500
  • Lindsey Boyle
    signed 2018-12-14 13:23:35 -0500
  • Heather Laverty
    signed 2018-12-14 13:23:30 -0500
  • Kirstin Krudwig
    signed 2018-12-14 13:21:45 -0500
  • Kelley
    signed 2018-12-14 13:20:25 -0500
  • Andrew Bossi
    signed 2018-12-14 13:17:36 -0500
  • Tim Sloan
    signed 2018-12-14 13:15:32 -0500
  • Mark Eckenwiler
    signed 2018-12-14 13:15:24 -0500
  • Andrew Brenner
    signed 2018-12-14 13:15:21 -0500