Public Investment in Stadium is Rarely a Good Move

Mar 21, 2017 by AFP

The Prince William Board of County Supervisors wants to send another bill to taxpayers, this time in the form of a shiny new minor-league baseball stadium.

The excitement around the stadium proposal is naïve, as the project will cost taxpayers roughly $72 million (assuming no aspect of the proposal goes over budget).

The Board makes grand promises of prosperity without considering the facts. Public investment in sports rarely benefits locals.

In a recent op-ed, Americans for Prosperity-Virginia Field Director Tyler Muench writes:

“As exciting as a new stadium in Woodbridge may be, politicians and teams too often rely on taxpayers to pay for them. The proposed P-Nats stadium is no different—taxpayers will be stuck with the bill for the stadium project and its associated costs.

Donor dollars might have motivated some supervisors to support the project, but taxpayers are less enthusiastic to publicly-fund stadium construction. The stadium would be financed by Prince William County taxpayers, who will rent the stadium to the P-Nats for the next 30 years with hopes of a return on the investment.”

Click here to read the entire op-ed and to learn more about the true cost of subsiding sports.