San Diego Padres' stadium report: $5 return for every $1 invested. Really?(Read article summary)
A new report suggests that the Padres baseball stadium created $5 of value for every $1 in public investment.
Interesting story in the Watchdog column of the San Diego Union Tribune about a consultant, Conventions Sports & Leisure International, that has a â€śrecord of sunny forecastsâ€ť on stadium impacts. CSL has been quite active in the stadium impact business, it seems.
Last week, a CSL report stated that each $1 of public investment in Petco Park (home of the San Diego Padres) was â€śmet by more than $5 in private investment.â€ť Is that cause for celebration? Maybe. The story provides links to the report (so you be the judge) along with other reports issued by CSL. Kudos to Watchdog for posting those, along with the wry comment that CSL â€ścould be warming up to examine a proposed Chargers relocation. If the firmâ€™s previous analyses are any guide, expect promising forecasts for stadium boosters.â€ť
A friend of mine lives in San Diego, loves baseball, and told me about these â€ś5 to 1â€ł claims several years ago. He believes Petco Park did make a difference to the re-development of San Diegoâ€™s Gaslamp District, primarily by providing a physical barrier between the district and the unsightly â€” by todayâ€™s standards â€” railyards. (See the picture on p. 2 of the CSL report). But heâ€™s a skeptic of the 5-1 claim. The report (p. 69) lists $1.79 billion in increased property value due to the ballpark. Wow, thatâ€™s a big number! One interpretation of this figure is that there is a large negative externality associated with the San Diego railyards.
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