There's a proposal coming through Congress from the White House that would clear the way for RFK campus to be the site of a new NFL stadium. The NFL and Dan Synder have been working hard to lobby the outgoing Congress to include language in budget legislation that would remove a significant hurdle in the process and cut DC residents out of the process of having a chance to weigh in -- read more from the Washington Post.
Don't be fooled - this isn't a debate about land control. There's no reason to believe the next congress wouldn't also extend DC's lease (which isn't up until 2038). This is about paving the way for an NFL stadium.
An NFL Stadium is a bad deal for District residents and a handout to billionaire Dan Snyder. NFL stadiums hold the fewest events annually of any major sports team -- just a guaranteed eight games a year -- meaning they have the lowest economic upside for the community. That's a lot of empty, unused parking spaces.
Don't be fooled, even a deal modeled after the new DC United soccer stadium would cost YOU, a District taxpayer, millions of dollars and will not have the economic return promised. The five most recent NFL stadiums to be built all cost more than one billion dollars to build. Since 1997, taxpayers on average have foot at least half of the total cost. If you believe Dan Snyder is going to foot that bill and not ask taxpayers to carry as much of the cost as possible, we've got two DC senators that want to meet you.
Hail No RFK! is for anyone who believes the 190-acre campus overlooking the Anacostia River could be much more than an NFL stadium plus acres of parking lots.
If you believe District tax dollars should be going to District residents for affordable housing, supporting small businesses, and adding to the quality of life for those who call DC home every day, sign our petition and help us say Hail No!
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