A majority of Washington D.C. residents support the Washington Redskins building a new stadium at the RFK Stadium site but oppose the use of public funds to build it, according to a recent poll.
The RFK site, which was home to the Redskins from 1961-96, has been viewed as the most logical spot for the team to build their new stadium, a position supported by Snyder and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser.
“We’ve always believed we have the best location,” Bowser said in Feb. 2019. “We think RFK is the most suitable site for not just for a stadium but a whole mix of uses and that’s been our approach with the National Park Service — that the District has to extend its control of the RFK site as well as be able to do more than sports and entertainment uses.”
However, D.C. residents are not less interested in footing the bill for the stadium. The poll revealed less than four in 10 District residents support providing the land or public funds for the stadium.
The survey found 39 percent of respondents would support the D.C. government providing the Redskins with the land and just 28 percent would support using city funds to help finance the new football stadium.
"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," the petition read.
"As a DC resident, I don't want to see DC hoodwinked into paying for a billionaire's stadium," the petition continued. "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."
The petition currently has over 4,000 signatures.
While the 190-acre RFK site is operated by Events DC it is owned by the National Park Service. The Post notes D.C.'s current lease allows for the land to be used only for a stadium, “recreational facilities, open spaces, or public outdoor recreation opportunities,” or similar public uses. Mayor Bowser has pushed for a new stadium to anchor a complex with retail, restaurants, and affordable housing.