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

Keith Lawrence
Katie Coester
Jennifer Cole
Katy OToole
D. E. Reedy
Michael David-Fox
Allyson Pakstis
David Crutchfield
Kana Smith
Julie Penndorf
Mary Mitchell-Whisnant
thomas parker
Barbara LePoer
Veronica Wilson
Elizabeth Twarog
Howard Park
Deborah Baker
Keith Boyea
Doug Wilson
Karthik Balasubramanian
Jerry Brown
Mark Adelson
Matthew Clausen
Noris Weiss Malvey
Elliott Mogul
Maurlo Parker
Amy Kelley
Andrew McKinley
Aubrey Williams
4,000 signatures

Will you sign?

  • 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?
  • Michael David-Fox
    signed 2018-12-14 12:17:52 -0500
    Michael David-Fox
  • Allyson Pakstis
    signed 2018-12-14 12:17:38 -0500
  • David Crutchfield
    signed 2018-12-14 12:17:20 -0500
    David Bradford Crutchfield
  • Kana Smith
    signed 2018-12-14 12:16:58 -0500
    There are so many better ideas than to put a football stadium in this area. Even when it was just the soccer stadium there was too much traffic and no parking in this area; it’s not suitable for a football stadium. DC should also not get saddled into paying for it, there are so many better programs that our taxpayer funds should be going towards. Helping create more affordable housing, better schools, increasing daycare slots for low income families, etc!
  • Julie Penndorf
    signed 2018-12-14 12:16:33 -0500
    I know of no one who lives on Capitol Hill, most especially those of us in Capitol Hill East who immediately surround the current stadium, who support the building of a new RFK. It is not what we want, and it is our neighborhood that will feel the immediately and negative effects of a football stadium that will not be largely not be patronized by those who live most closely to it. #HailNoRFK
  • Chad B Anderson
    @andchadb tweeted link to this page. 2018-12-14 12:16:28 -0500
    Sign the petition: Hail No to a New Stadium at RFK - Add Your Name Below https://www.hailnorfk.com/?recruiter_id=1217648
  • Mary Mitchell-Whisnant
    signed 2018-12-14 12:16:28 -0500
  • thomas parker
    signed 2018-12-14 12:16:21 -0500
    No football at RFK….terrible traffic. Tom Parker
  • Barbara LePoer
    signed 2018-12-14 12:15:53 -0500
  • Veronica Wilson
    signed 2018-12-14 12:15:52 -0500
    Veronica P Wilson
  • Elizabeth Twarog
    signed 2018-12-14 12:14:50 -0500
  • Howard Park
    signed 2018-12-14 12:14:27 -0500
    As a native of St. Louis I’ve seen how the NFL works and pits cities and neighborhoods against each other. Just say no to the NFL.
  • Deborah Baker
    signed 2018-12-14 12:14:25 -0500
    As a Capitol Hill Resident, I strongly oppose the return of the Redskins Team to the RFK site. That space should be used for the benefit of the community, not Dan Snyder.
  • Keith Boyea
    signed 2018-12-14 12:14:23 -0500
  • Doug Wilson
    signed 2018-12-14 12:13:46 -0500
  • Karthik Balasubramanian
    signed 2018-12-14 12:12:55 -0500
    Karthik Balasubramanian
  • Jerry Brown
    signed 2018-12-14 12:12:33 -0500
  • Mark Adelson
    signed 2018-12-14 12:12:04 -0500
    DC has easy access to the Redskins currently. Why build a stadium for 8 games and gain no additional economic benefit. Area should be used for the benefit of the people who live and work there especially considering the density of current residential construction.
  • Matthew Clausen
    signed 2018-12-14 12:11:22 -0500
  • Noris Weiss Malvey
    signed 2018-12-14 12:11:22 -0500
  • Elliott Mogul
    signed 2018-12-14 12:11:21 -0500
  • Maurlo Parker
    signed 2018-12-14 12:10:47 -0500
  • Amy Kelley
    signed 2018-12-14 12:10:24 -0500
    The vast acres of asphalt need to be transformed into spaces that can be enjoyed by all residents of the DMV at all times of the year.
  • Andrew McKinley
    signed 2018-12-14 12:10:08 -0500
  • Aubrey Williams
    signed 2018-12-14 12:10:06 -0500