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

Conor Shaw
Charles Boehm
Sonia Weil
Jamie Gorosh
Kate Mitchell
Chris Laskowski
Brian Marshall
Cole Ingraham
Colin Richardson
Erik Salmi
4,000 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Conor Shaw
    signed 2018-12-14 11:10:51 -0500
  • Charles Boehm
    signed 2018-12-14 11:08:21 -0500
  • Sonia Weil
    signed 2018-12-14 11:03:50 -0500
  • Jamie Gorosh
    signed 2018-12-14 11:02:48 -0500
    Hail no!
  • Kate Mitchell
    signed 2018-12-14 11:01:15 -0500
  • Chris Laskowski
    signed 2018-12-14 10:58:03 -0500
    A swimmable, fishable Anacostia River is within sight. A handful of football games isn’t worth jeopardizing that goal. And I don’t want Dan Snyder and Congress telling us how to use our riverbank!
  • Brian Marshall
    signed 2018-12-14 10:49:25 -0500
  • Cole Ingraham
    signed 2018-12-14 10:41:51 -0500
    DC has worked hard to improve the anacostia river, it should be enjoyed by all for the benefit of all, and for the protection of the environment. Not for the benefit of a billionaire owner.
  • Colin Richardson
    signed 2018-12-14 10:21:29 -0500
    The last thing this city needs is a football stadium. FedEx Field is just fine and the land around the Anacostia River can be put to much better uses for the community. Moreover, Dan Snyder is a terrible person and should not receive a single dollar of taxpayer money or a single square foot of valuable city land.
  • Erik Salmi
    signed 2018-12-14 10:15:27 -0500
    No thanks!