Wednesday, January 08, 2020

Kansas City Doubts Downtown Baseball Stadium Economic Benefit Promises

A study in myth-busting and the death of numbers or proof provided by fanboys wanting to build an epic new hangout on the taxpayer's dime. Read more:

Downtown Baseball? Show Us the Research

New Royals owner John Sherman is giving interviews extolling the virtues of downtown baseball. In a recent story, Sherman said: "Baseball creates more economic opportunity in denser areas versus suburban areas or less dense areas." Unfortunately, he does not offer any evidence to support the claim.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

The Braves had a downtown stadium and they left it to open a new stadium ten miles away from downtown.

Anonymous said...

Peasants building castles for billionaires.

#KorruptCity

chuck said...

Show Me is dead on the money, as is the CATO Institute.

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/surprise-stadiums-dont-pay-after-all

It's way past time for we peons to subsidize billionaires.

I'm cool with the rich, they can keep their money, but they, in conjunction with corrupt local and national politicians need to keep their hands off of our hard earned cash.

chuck said...

Sorry, to STOP subsidizing billionaires.

Anonymous said...

What is the matter? Don't you like your baseball games? We consulted with Wickham/James and they said we should tell you it won't cost the taxpayers a dime!

Anonymous said...

If you build it they will come.

Hyperblogal said...

Go look at royal's stadium right now. It looks like that from october to april. Economic engine .... really???

Anonymous said...

Just build some luxury apartment buildings near the current stadiums and economic development will come

Anonymous said...

Turner Field wasn't downtown. It was close to downtown but it was south of the highways. It was also more of a temporary solution since it was originally built for the olympics. The new Falcons stadium is literally downtown though so Atlanta must have liked something about downtown stadiums

Anonymous said...

Why do we need professional sports in KC anyway? Seems like Royals & Chiefs (with out of town ownership) are just a big waste of money and all we get out of it is a parade once in a while.

KC should stop trying to act like a real city and try and become a little more like Wichita!

And while were at it, get rid of that new airport up there, it's too expensive and we don't deserve it anyway - we suck.

Anonymous said...

Downtown Baseball Stadiums and Federal Tax Cuts have been PROVEN to create incredible boom times in the Economy!

Oh, wait....

Reality Speaker said...

Elizabeth Warren promises downtown will double income from baseball.

Anonymous said...

I don't know, it worked in Denver. Before Coors Field, that area was like a demilitarized zone.

Anonymous said...

If they build it, there will be no where for the Somalians to park their idle semis.

Anonymous said...

11:22, the crooks, hoods and gang bangers in the former Denver DMZ did not disappear, they just moved somewhere else and created a new DMZ.

Anonymous said...

It's about as economically beneficial as the toy train, free bus transit and relocating East Patrol to 26th Wabash.

Anonymous said...

10:40 - I'm not familiar with Atlanta, I'll be honest, but I've done some work there and when I was going to the airport, I literally was driving down a highway and drove with past Turner Field.

Anonymous said...

there's a lot of nostalgia about the old municipal stadium.