Archive for the ‘Facilities’ Category

Who benefits the most from a stadium?

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

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.

Who likes stinky, old bathrooms??? NO ONE!!

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

http://http://www.kare11.com/video/1138008258001/1/To-vote-or-not-to-vote-on-public-funding-for-a-Vikings-stadium

The Minnesota Vikings are currently working on building a new stadium for their team. From this video you can tell that there are a lot of mixed feelings on if this is really a great idea. One half of the tax payers think it is a stupid idea for them to have to pay for it out of their own pocket, while the other half most of the Viking’s fans, believe it is a good idea. It would be the third top highest funding project in the state of Minnesota.

There will be one day of taxing cigarettes on shelfs and warehouses and another tax on out of state profits in the state of Minnesota. Many of the tax payers completely hate the idea of this. But in all reality the tax payers taking the biggest hit are smokers, which to be honest don’t buy cigarettes that day then.

With a new stadium it can bring in more profit. Many people spend a lot of time and money on sport tourism. Traveling across the country or even world spectating games or even just touring some of the biggest stadium or arenas. I know for a fact that if I was completely loaded with money I would want to travel across country to watch games and visit the biggest stadiums. This plan overall can be very beneficial and boosts local business revenue overall. 

Another video is posted bringing more information about the actual financial part of the funding.

Video 2

New Vikings Stadium

New Vikings Stadium

Old Minnesota Vikings Stadium

Old Minnesota Vikings Stadium

Can Detroit Support a New Arena

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Detroit, as we all know is in shambles, public institutions and services are falling apart, the art museum is being sold piece by piece and yet Detroit’s mayor, Rick Snyder, has approved the construction of a new Red Wings arena. This news comes shortly after the city declared bankruptcy. This $650 million stadium (half of which is public funds) will be the third publicly funded major stadium along with the Lion’s stadium and the Tiger’s stadium. Both built on the premise of investing in the future, Snyder is now promising the same. The problem is the first two were not only unsuccessful but they also exacerbated the the central issues Detroit is facing.In a city that can hardly afford to fund hospitals and schools how can it afford another stadium for a team that sucks (Avs Fan!):) This is just another case of billionaire team owners cutting line to public funding regardless of the public’s interests.

http://www.thenation.com/blog/175467/vultures-and-red-wings-billionaire-gets-new-sports-arena-bankrupt-detroit

Building new stadiums can sometimes be easier when times are hard, do to its unifying affect for the city. For example game attendance usually increases after a disaster or tragedy.  Whenever a new Major Sorts project is breaking ground we must ask ourselves was this what is best for the future of residents and fans or was it schemed up by corporate moguls who have politicians in their pockets.

21 is the new old..

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

The Atlanta Falcons’ came out with a plan back in April of 2013 to build a brand new $1 billion retractable-roof stadium by 2017 in downtown Atlanta.  After over two years of negotiations, the city’s economic development armed voted 8-1 in approving the issue of over $200 million in bonds from Atlanta city’s hotel-motel taxes to help with the funding of the new stadium.  Since the current Georgia Dome stadium was built only 21 years ago in 1992, this raised a lot of questions and concerns.  The questions are exemplified by something along the lines of why now, why is this necessary, the stadium just turned old enough to drink! Falcons owner says

We’re not simply swapping one stadium for another. We’re building a best-in-class facility that will help us attract new events and retain the Falcons.

http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/eye-on-football/22007606/falcons-1b-retractableroof-stadium-gets-public-funds-green-light

The remaining money to support the costs of the stadium will come from other private funds as well as the Atlanta Falcons.

In another Q&A article found at: http://www.sbnation.com/2013/3/7/4076234/new-falcons-stadium-deal-atlanta it is asked “Since this is an NFL stadium deal, how much blatant robbery of public money occurred here?” Following the response:

A bit, but that’s money long since stolen via the hotel tax, which by law must go towards ‘Promoting tourism, conventions, and trade shows.’ There are local costs to it, as there are with any tax, but the direct amount of money in theory is coming from tourism taxes levied on hapless conventioneers breezing through town.

When it comes to using public funding, it seems like something that is rather hard to swallow.  If after 21 years, the Falcons for some reason need a new stadium that is still relatively new, shouldn’t we be asking more questions?  It seems as though this hotel-motel tax could be used for a cause beneficial for more people as well as a better cause.  $200 million is no small fee, which yes, gives the new stadium a good step in the financial direction that they need but it could be better used for other things within Atlanta.  Using this $200 could be used towards education, construction in the city, or many other aspects that could be beneficial to many people around the city, rather than just the team and the people surrounding the sport.

Public funding for stadiums, what to do what to do…

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

In the state of Minnesota a professional baseball team, the St. Paul Saints, is looking forward to developing a brand new stadium in the heart of St. Paul. Their recent stadium is about 30 years old with sewage, piping and many other issues that make it reasonable for a new stadium to be constructed.  Local high school and college sports teams use the old stadium to this day, so to have a new one built it would not only benefit for the St. Paul Saints, but for many other baseball teams in the St. Paul area. The new stadium is proposing a Bonding Bill of 27,000,000 dollars that will begin construction in 2014. If the bill gets passed, it is said that the stadium will create up to 21,000 jobs, positive change for the entire neighborhood as well as local shops and stores in the area, and it will build on the economic vitality of the city. Previous invests such as the light rail and the union depot has produced positive change and if the city were to invest in the bonding bill, it would establish the cities vibrant and viral attributes. All this money would be generated by tax payer money and the governor as well as  the St. Paul commerce of city agree that it will produce a positive change with their city.

This discussion is related to our class because it deals with financial situations in us pro sport. 213 billion dollars is generated annually in the sport industry and we know that sports play a big part in public spending. The problems that are generated in sport are in small and large markets. With this being in St. Paul, it deals with a small market that needs something to spark up the sport industry. Once this new stadium is built it will generate more attendance at games, more media coverage resulting in a larger profit. The video that I am attaching to this blog explains the topic I am discussing, how and why it will improve the overall cities well being.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZxOabI3cc8

New Media for a New Arena

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

New Media is on the rise, the internet is now more accessible and available and many companies and organizations are eager to reach a broader public through social media participation. This channel of communication allows for quicker diffusion of information between fans and organizations. It also allows for fans to create there own content with pictures and videos. Nearly all leagues and teams in all sorts of sports are already participating in social media. So much so that even sports journalists cannot be credible without a twitter account. Since the internet is not limited to local markets marketing through these sites is essential for any business in the sports market.

New media has become commonplace in many homes and offices but not so much in the arena setting. New part owner of the Sacramento kings Andrew Miller has plans to change that. the former Apple executive in charge of the Iad department is now head of the technology committee for the Sacramento Kings arena set to open in 2016.  Miller plans on upgrading the wifi in the arena and possibly implementing hands free tablets in the back of seats where fans can post on the jumbo tron, search stats, and order food from their seats. The folling link provides an interview with andrew miller.

Kings New Arena

 

A Hit or Miss????

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Are the plans for Sochi 2014 achievable? Sochi’s plan for hosting the Winter Olympics has six different plans in mind. They start with healthy living, barrier-free world, modern technologies, in harmony with nature, economic prosperity, and finally culture and national values.

For starters I believe the healthy living plan is a great idea. I really agree that with the hosting of the Winter Olympics it should bring motivation to locals, children and participants in sports and physical activity. In my opinion if I knew Durango was going to host the Winter Olympics, you better believe I would want to be come more involved with participating in these sports or just to simply improve my physical fitness level. I also totally agree that medical services will rise in quality and bring forth more attention.

On the barrier-free world I can also see this plan working out. I have worked with people and children that have disabilities. It is remarkable how their attitude changes so drastically when they realize that they can also participate in the same activities that all the others can. I believe we  can all work together to help these unfortunate people understand that their importance in life, especially sport, is just as important as anyone else.

With the face paced growth of technology I completely believe that their aspect of modern technologies will work . In the technology world almost anything is possible. These new advancements of the UIS portal is a fantastic idea it can help participants and spectators, internationally, be able to easily make their stay a less of a hassle.

In harmony with nature is one of the most important steps I believe in the plan. It should be mandatory at all big sporting events like these to make rules and regulations on how much of an impact any set up can take on the environment. Nothing would make a person more upset than if a huge event like this was supposed to help their local economy but instead it completely destroyed their scenery and surrounding environment.

The last step of the plan I agree with is the economic prosperity. The object of this step is to help the local economy as much as possible. This means new jobs, volunteer movement and the upbringing of more business to local companies. If it works according to plan the place of Sochi should see a huge economic gain.

The last step of the plan I am questionable about. When bringing up cultural and national believes it is a touchy subject. Some countries care so strongly about their culture that any  new interruptions to that can cause some tension. If someone has a set belief on something it is very difficult to change their mind.

In this YouTube video it shows just a glimpse of what creations they are going to and have added to the location to make it easier for spectators and participants. It shows the technology part of the plan does not seem to be an issue.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uluVnk7kBgE

Over all I believe Sochi’s plan for the Winter Olympics in 2014 is a great idea. If the plan works it could be a huge economic and intellectual gain for the area.

so so so Sochi 2014 Olympics

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

The Sochi organizing committee for the Olympic and Paralympic games have outlined seven key objectives for the games coming up this winter. Those objectives are vision, strategic aim, legacy, the Russian diamond, brand, sustainable development and the Olympic games impact. As i looked into the sustainable development section the committee focused in on six areas,1) a healthy life style,2) harmony with nature,3) barrier free environment,4) modern technologies,5) economic prosperity and 6) culture/ national values.

I believe the In Harmony With Nature section will definitely be achievable because the world is finally recognizing that we are effecting the environment daily with all the pollution and harmful chemicals we are putting into the air. The committee is adopting the nature and environmental management approach which will allow them to have a better understanding on how to manage the harmony with nature. Our ability to construct and build structures  that are environmentally friendly/efficient has improved tremendously in the past decade, which means that the buildings and stadiums for the Olympics will definitely represent that.

Modern technologies is another section of sustainability which i believe the committee will achieve. We all know our world is about using technology to better ourselves, and with the technology we have today, its very easy to use and implement it in any situation. With the use of innovative technology we can enhance our logistics, communication skills within the Olympics, transportation for spectators and it creates a higher education in sports management.

Now there are two elements of the sustainability development that i do not agree with and do not see the committee achieving. The first is a healthy lifestyle, at every sporting event and even the Olympics there is going to be unhealthy food and lots and lots of alcohol being distributed. No matter what sport or event it is, there will be spectators getting wasted and you cant tell someone to not drink alcohol when it is being offered to them. They also mention they will help to stop smoking, but you cant take away someones right to smoke in a public area, there is and always will be smokers and alcoholics.

Last but not least the culture/ national values will be another tough sustainable environment to achieve. here is one quote that i read in the Huffington post, “Russian President Vladimir Putin in June signed off on a law that bans the dissemination of so-called “gay propaganda” to minors which activists fear could be used for a broad crackdown on gays.” They also stated in the article that any participate disseminating “gay propaganda” will be fined or arrested. “Gay propaganda” is along the lines of wearing the rainbow stripes of the gay rights movement or even as simple as telling miners its normal to be gay. With these statements its pretty clear that cultural and national values are not being supported at the Olympics and there for it will be hard for them to achieve that sustainability.

The video that i am uploading relates to the end of my blog because once Russia realized how politically wrong and incorrect they were, rules had to change and the gay rights movement won the battle.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v41NN2IyQ2c