Friday, February 1, 2013

KC ranks 10th in city spending on sports teams

Posted By on Fri, Feb 1, 2013 at 9:48 AM

These seats come with a heavy price.
Forget the emotional cost of being a Kansas City sports fan. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Kansas Citians spend the 10th highest amount of money to pay for our sports teams.

The Journal used the research conducted by author Judith Grant Long for her book, Public/Private Partnerships for Major League Sports Facilities. Long calculated the per capita expense of sports stadiums in cities and included the construction costs for stadiums that had opened by 2010. The cost to keep KC's sports teams is $361 per person. The salt in the wound, as the Journal notes, "The $255 million renovation of Kauffman Stadium in 2009 hasn't helped the Royals to boost attendance. The team has filled less than 60% of its seats for three years in a row - among the worst in Major League Baseball." The Sprint Center's lack of a pro sports team gets a mention, as well. Nothing like kicking a sports fan when his wallet is empty.

Green Bay tops the list with a public per capita stadium cost of $1,114 (all of which has gone toward renovations at Lambeau Field). At least the Kansas City Royals and Chiefs are not selling stock, which produces no dividends and allows Packers' fans to buy exclusive merchandise at the Pro Shop.

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