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 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

Pearl Donohoo-Vallett
Stacey Kornegay
David Halliday
Christy Turner
Damon Horn
James Dumas
Paul Brooks
Amy weedon
Yousef Master
Corrie Schoenberg
Emily Conrad
Julia Roberson
A. Katherine Szafran
phyllis nugent
Megan Kanagy
Tony Hurst
Denise Daniels
Adrienne Fernandes Alcantara
Nicole Barrett
rex weil
Richard Vilmenay
Michele Pratt
Tarek Anandan
Krista Schlyer
Nishan Halim
Amy Mcnamara
Claudia Mazzara
Neal Pratt
Stacy Lee
4,000 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Pearl Donohoo-Vallett
    signed 2019-10-06 14:28:48 -0400
  • Stacey Kornegay
    signed 2019-10-06 12:20:00 -0400
  • David Halliday
    signed 2019-10-06 10:59:57 -0400
    I’m a Hill East resident near Barney Circle and I think DC has far more to aspire to than bringing back an NFL team, especially one called The Redskins.
  • Christy Turner
    signed 2019-10-04 21:12:01 -0400
  • Damon Horn
    signed 2019-10-03 13:32:38 -0400
  • James Dumas
    signed 2019-09-29 14:50:02 -0400
  • Paul Brooks
    signed 2019-09-16 10:17:46 -0400
  • Amy weedon
    signed 2019-09-15 13:34:32 -0400
  • Yousef Master
    signed 2019-09-11 20:23:23 -0400
  • Corrie Schoenberg
    signed 2019-09-11 15:20:34 -0400
  • Emily Conrad
    signed 2019-09-11 11:10:36 -0400
  • Julia Roberson
    signed 2019-09-11 10:59:49 -0400
    Julia Roberson
  • A. Katherine Szafran
    signed 2019-09-11 10:40:44 -0400
  • phyllis nugent
    signed via 2019-09-11 09:50:07 -0400
  • Megan Kanagy
    signed 2019-09-11 09:13:25 -0400
  • Tony Hurst
    signed 2019-09-10 08:19:40 -0400
    Anthony C Hurst
  • Denise Daniels
    signed 2019-09-10 02:44:19 -0400
  • Adrienne Fernandes Alcantara
    signed 2019-09-09 22:04:49 -0400
  • Nicole Barrett
    signed 2019-09-09 12:21:11 -0400
    Nicole Barrett
  • rex weil
    signed 2019-09-09 11:43:15 -0400
  • Richard Vilmenay
    signed 2019-09-09 11:12:13 -0400
  • Michele Pratt
    signed 2019-09-09 10:51:29 -0400
  • Tarek Anandan
    signed 2019-09-09 09:16:02 -0400
  • krista schlyer
    @kristaschlyer tweeted link to this page. 2019-09-09 09:00:04 -0400
    Sign the petition: Hail No to a New Stadium at RFK - Add Your Name Below https://www.hailnorfk.com/?recruiter_id=1063217
  • Krista Schlyer
    signed 2019-09-09 08:59:33 -0400
  • Nishan Halim
    signed 2019-09-09 08:59:32 -0400
  • Amy Mcnamara
    signed via 2019-09-08 23:41:42 -0400
  • Claudia Mazzara
    signed via 2019-09-08 22:20:42 -0400
    Leave rfk stadium alone

    Let’s honor his name and keep his legacy alive..
  • Neal Pratt
    signed 2019-09-08 22:17:25 -0400
  • Stacy Lee
    signed 2019-09-08 20:53:55 -0400