Hail No to a New Stadium at RFK - Add Your Name Below

If you believe the 190 acres of RFK's campus could be more than the next NFL stadium for billionaire Dan Snyder, 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 for billionaire NFL owner Dan Snyder.

  • 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 and doesn’t help the surrounding community, as study after study has demonstrated.

  • 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

Carey Utz
Elizabeth Patel
Jason Reott
Conor McGrath
Daniel Kovler
Bill Schultheiss
William Saetren
Frank Craddock
Nathan Yarasavage
Jim Havard
Paul Turner
Jean Kohanek
Kaitlyn Bolan
Rebecca Levin
David Poms
Christine Wozniak
Greg Montross
Daniel Hernandez
Bruce Davis
Lisa Cutler
Carolyn Johnson
Tarah Demant
Megan Kearns
Eve Zhurbinskiy
Keith Lawrence
Katie Coester
Jennifer Cole
Katy OToole
D. E. Reedy
4,000 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Carey Utz
    signed 2018-12-14 12:29:09 -0500
  • Elizabeth Patel
    signed 2018-12-14 12:28:58 -0500
  • Jason Reott
    signed 2018-12-14 12:28:43 -0500
    I FULLY SUPPORT a football stadium at the derelict RFK site. Is this merely a case of NIMBYism? Recently, you wholeheartedly supported a new stadium build for an unappreciated “major league sport” – soccer – in another D.C. neighborhood. The lifespan of a professional soccer team in the U.S. is terrifically short and the stadium was a reckless risk of taxpayer funds. An NFL stadium returned to D.C. would make attending the games far more attractive to me, a Capitol Hill resident, than current. I am NOT going back to Landover ever again. Alternatively, we could use the soccer stadium for NFL when the soccer team inevitably folds in the middle of the night.



    This morning Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen issued the following statement regarding the DC United soccer stadium agreement:

    “I’m excited to see this deal come together. It has the potential to transform Buzzard Point with new jobs, housing, and amenities, as well as reconnect the Southwest neighborhood to the Anacostia River. The announced agreement seems to lock in more protections for DC residents and gives DC United great certainty about their future in our city.

    “Now it’s time to turn our attention to the details of making the stadium truly work for Southwest and DC: connecting nearby residents to the jobs being created, making sure there are smart transportation connections, and building out the parks and public spaces that will make this project a true catalyst for Buzzard Point.”
  • Conor McGrath
    signed 2018-12-14 12:28:32 -0500
  • Will Saetren
    @WillSaetren tweeted link to this page. 2018-12-14 12:28:19 -0500
    Sign the petition: #HailNo to a New Stadium at RFK - Add Your Name Below https://www.hailnorfk.com/?recruiter_id=1059779
  • Daniel Kovler
    signed 2018-12-14 12:27:20 -0500
  • Bill Schultheiss
    signed 2018-12-14 12:26:56 -0500
    A stadium for football belongs in the suburbs funded by the billionaires who run the NFL, not in a city with limited land. DC has enough stadiums to host concerts.
  • William Saetren
    signed 2018-12-14 12:26:21 -0500
  • Frank Craddock
    signed 2018-12-14 12:26:18 -0500
    For all the reasons stated above – Congress and the President should not dictate where our taxpayer dollars go for a stadium for any team, let alone a terrible one with a bratty (and very rich) owner. As the father of two boys who play outdoor sports, this part of DC desperately needs fields for kids.

    I would be first in line to oppose any politician at the polls – and with countless others I imagine – that supports this stupid endeavor.
  • Nathan Yarasavage
    signed 2018-12-14 12:26:04 -0500
  • Jim Havard
    signed 2018-12-14 12:25:50 -0500
  • Paul Turner
    signed 2018-12-14 12:25:47 -0500
  • Jean Kohanek
    signed 2018-12-14 12:25:43 -0500
  • Kaitlyn Bolan
    signed 2018-12-14 12:25:38 -0500
  • Rebecca Levin
    signed via 2018-12-14 12:25:30 -0500
  • David Poms
    signed 2018-12-14 12:23:26 -0500
  • Christine Wozniak
    signed 2018-12-14 12:23:24 -0500
  • Greg Montross
    signed 2018-12-14 12:23:21 -0500
  • Daniel Hernandez
    signed 2018-12-14 12:23:10 -0500
    With the housing shortages, dedicating so much land to an NFL stadium, which have been shown in stadiums across the country to be a waste of tax-payer investment, is thoroughly inappropriate.
  • Bruce Davis
    signed 2018-12-14 12:22:36 -0500
    We DO NOT need to have this area developed for the NFL team on a streamlined basis or otherwise. They have their fields elsewhere, reachable by mass transportation. Return the previous RFK area to the people of the District for parks and athletic fields.
  • Lisa Cutler
    signed 2018-12-14 12:21:14 -0500
  • Carolyn Johnson
    signed 2018-12-14 12:21:13 -0500
  • Tarah Demant
    signed 2018-12-14 12:20:44 -0500
    Not only do I think a stadium is a bad idea in this space and will not serve our neighborhood, but I DOUBLY oppose a stadium for a team with a offensively racist name
  • Megan Kearns
    signed 2018-12-14 12:20:25 -0500
  • Eve Zhurbinskiy
    signed 2018-12-14 12:20:15 -0500
  • Keith Lawrence
    signed 2018-12-14 12:19:15 -0500
    Local residents are overwhelmingly opposed to plans to situate a new Redskins stadium at this site.

    The alternative vision for the site, which includes more recreational facilities, natural spaces, and access to the river, is a beautiful vision which would have huge benefits for DC residents and position DC as a green, active city for the 21st century – not a backward looking urban area focused on watching professional sports.

    Please do not secretly put a rider in the federal spending bill to facilitate a new stadium at the current RFK site.

    Please do not remove the language limiting uses of the site to recreation-only purposes.

    Please do not exempt development plans from local review.

    The RFK site is too important to be signed away in a secret backroom deal.
  • Katie Coester
    signed 2018-12-14 12:19:12 -0500
  • Jennifer Cole
    signed 2018-12-14 12:18:31 -0500
  • Katy OToole
    signed 2018-12-14 12:18:15 -0500
  • D. E. Reedy
    signed 2018-12-14 12:18:05 -0500
    A new NFL stadium is a horrible idea. I don’t hate football, but land in DC is at a premium, and using this much of it for a stadium that would be rarely used is ridiculous. We don’t need extra stadium space, with plenty of large venues around the city, including both a baseball and soccer stadium within the city. Worst of all, this is ideal land for recreational use. Why would we waste it on something that will not benefit the citizens of the District?