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The Owner Needs Someone to Pay for a New Facility

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by LanceyHoward, Aug 11, 2016.

  1. LanceyHoward

    LanceyHoward Active Member

    I thought I would open a separate thread on this because is there a more enduring issue in American professional sports?

    It looks like the Texas Rangers new stadium is going to a vote in November.

    Rangers stadium heads for ballot, Arlington mayor grabs at phone of opponent videoing him,

    I am not from Texas but I can't see this passing. When the Denver area passed a tax to fund Coors field there was a rush to hold a special election in August rather than wait for the general election in November. The higher turnout in a general election will include a huge anti-tax increase element and makes it very difficult to pass something like a stadium.
     
  2. bigpern23

    bigpern23 Well-Known Member

    When's the last time taxpayer funding for a major American stadium didn't pass?
     
  3. doctorquant

    doctorquant Well-Known Member

    I'll be very surprised if this doesn't pass.
     
  4. Twirling Time

    Twirling Time Well-Known Member

    Arlington voters are sheep. They'll vote for anything that's put in front of them as long as they don't have to pay for it themselves. The latest tax is just an extension of the same tax that built the Death Star.

    The current ballpark is perfectly fine and a massive upgrade from the old Arlington Stadium and its metal bleachers that would put third-degree burns on your ass. It's only 22 years old and still in immaculate shape. Just goes to show what a throwaway culture we have.
     
  5. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    Public financing of stadiums is such a scam. Despite what teams and "independent" consultants say, there is no positive ROI on the money spent.
     
  6. wicked

    wicked Well-Known Member

    I have to give Starman credit, about 10 years ago he already was saying teams would be lining up in a bit to replace that last wave of ballparks (c. 1992-2001). Then the Braves did it. Now the Rangers are doing it.

    What's the residential vs. business tax base in Arlington?
     
  7. JohnHammond

    JohnHammond Well-Known Member

    Diamondbacks are on the clock. Maricopa County rejected the team's demands for stadium upgrades the team contends is part of the lease. Let's see if the team stays in that stadium until 2027.
     
  8. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    RickStain and SpeedTchr like this.
  9. BitterYoungMatador2

    BitterYoungMatador2 Well-Known Member

    Dan Snyder has also started bitching that he wants a new stadium to replace FedEx Field, which is 19 years old.
     
  10. poindexter

    poindexter Well-Known Member

  11. da man

    da man Well-Known Member

    I will be, too. And I'll be ticked off when it does. Again.
     
  12. da man

    da man Well-Known Member

    As I recall, they did a pretty massive renovation of the place not too long ago -- maybe five or six years ago, certainly less than 10.
     
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