Urban Ballparks and the Future of Cities

  • December 21, 1996
  • • Written by: Philip Bess

December 1996, Vol 21, No 3
Abstract: The 1990s are witnessing a boom in the construction of publicly funded sport facilities. This funding is often justified not as a subsidy but rather as an investment. The argument used to justify this funding is that because stadiums generate ancillary economic activity, they warrant public assistance. Although there are good reasons to be skeptical of this claim, some publicly funded stadiums do contribute economically and culturally to the life of their cities. This article focuses on recently constructed baseball stadiums, their economic and urban contributions and some minimum considerations to ensure such contributions.