Public dollars, private stadiums : battles over building sports stadiums
- Kevin J. Delaney and Rick Eckstein.
- New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c2003.
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The authors provide an eye-opening account of recent battles over publicly financed stadiums in some of America's largest cities. Their interviews with the key decision makers present a behind-the-scenes look at how and why powerful individuals and organizations foist these sports palaces on increasingly unreceptive communities.
Delaney and Eckstein show that in the face of studies demonstrating that new sports facilities don't live up to their promise of big money, proponents are using a new tactic to win public subsidies¾intangible "social" rewards, such as prestige and community cohesion. The authors find these to be empty promises as well, demonstrating that new stadiums may exacerbate, rather than erase, social problems in cities.
- Acknowledgments p. ix
- Public Dollars, Private Stadiums p. 0
- Introduction p. 1
- 1 Local Growth Coalitions and Publicly Funded Stadiums p. 7
- 2 Strategies for Building Private Stadiums with Public Dollars p. 21
- 3 Queen City of Local Growth Coalitions p. 43
- 4 The Comeback Growth Coalition p. 65
- 5 Declining Local Growth Coalitions p. 85
- 6 Nascent Growth Coalitions on the Frontier p. 105
- 7 Strong Versus Weak Local Growth Coalitions p. 155
- 8 Public Dollars, Private Stadiums, and Democracy p. 183
- Appendix: Methodology p. 205
- Notes p. 211
- Bibliography p. 217
- Index p. 221
- About the Authors p. 231