Washington Post Op-Ed: Stadium Welfare is a Taxpayer Strikeout

Apr 13, 2017 by AFP

The Prince William County Supervisors just approved a $72 million dollar stadium for the Minor League Potomac Nationals. The burden will fall entirely on the public—taxpayers are now footing the bill for the most expensive stadium in the league, and stadiums haven’t been paying off. Tyler Muench, North Virginia state director for Americans for Prosperity, wrote an op-ed today in the Washington Post. From the piece:

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the original $200 million bond that brought the Raiders to Oakland will cost $350 million. When asked about the bond, Oakland City Council President Larry Reid acknowledged it was a bad deal. “The projections were off, but everyone was just caught up in the emotions of having the Raiders return.”

In Prince William County, the P-Nats stadium will be no different; taxpayers will be stuck with the bill for the stadium project and its associated costs.

The county has allocated roughly $72 million for the P-Nats stadium project, which includes a new stadium, new parking garage and nearby road redevelopment. The deal will make the P-Nats stadium deal the “most expensive in Minor League Baseball.”

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