Policy Documents

No. 6 Comparison Of Privately & Publicly Owned Sports Arenas And Stadiums

Dean Baim –
August 19, 1985

Local and state government officials have long argued that the presence of a major league professional sports team elevates the public perception of the host city and improves its economic and cultural life. In the last decade, while many municipal treasuries were suffering from fiscal duress, this reasoning led local and state entities to spend approximately three-quarters of a billion dollars to construct new sports facilities and another one hundred million dollars to refurbish existing sites that serve as "home fields" for professional sports teams.


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