Who benefits the most from a stadium?

No one can argue that America loves her sporting events. It is a natural tendency for humans to glorify athletics in some manner. The Roman Colosseum was very similar to the stadiums and arenas that we have today. Who should pay for these stadiums of ours though? Well the public is often the provider. Tax payers pay for a stadium that they might never go to, or ever support. This might seem fair to a fan of the said stadium’s team, but to someone who could care less this could be viewed as highly unfair.

http://www.psmag.com/business-economics/america-has-a-stadium-problem-62665/

All the while, American cities, counties, and states continue to struggle. Glendale, Arizona, may actually sell City Hall so they can afford to keep subsidizing a hockey team that few people actually pay to see.

Pacific Standard’s article illuminates several other issues concerning public funding of stadiums. The following link shows some exact costs of stadiums, as well as the percentage that the tax paying public contributed.

http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2010/05/cleveland_browns_1999_stadium/

The mainstream excuse for stadiums is that they create jobs. Well these jobs are limited, and not as glamorous as they make out to be. No one aspires to work at a concession stand. More private donors should take charge in building and upgrading stadiums. An economy that is already suffering enough shouldn’t have to pay for frivolous improvements that don’t have an impact on the majority of the city. I know sports are a huge part of the American tradition, but not at the expense of the public who receives no real benefit.

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