As part of the Lincoln Land Institute's Working Paper series, Professor Tim Chapin of Florida State University has composed this 28-page work that addresses both the costs and benefits (economic and otherwise) of sports facilities. As many urban areas continue to compete for a variety of large-scale economic development projects, this paper will be of great general interest. As Professor Chapin notes that policy decision makers require a baseline of information to make informed choices, he also suggest that this baseline include "a broad understanding of existing literature on sports facilities and economic development, and an awareness of the full range of costs and benefits of these projects." The paper begins by engaging the existing scholarly literature on sports facilities as economic development tools, and then considers both the economic and non-economic impacts of sports facilities on their surrounding areas. Overall, this is a well-conceived work and one that will provoke a good deal of comment.
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