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    WSJ article on Bengals/Reds ballparks

    This from the 07/12/11 Wall Street Journal...

    For folks that live in and around Cincy, this article is quite informative on the Bengals Stadium and the financial burden it has placed on the Hamilton County people. Interesting read...
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    A Stadium's Costly Legacy Throws Taxpayers for a Loss
    Paul Brown Stadium, home of the Cincinnati Bengals.

    CINCINNATI—Here in Hamilton County, where one in seven people lives beneath the poverty line and budget cuts have left gaps in the schools and sheriffs department, residents are bracing for more belt-tightening: rollback of a property-tax break promised as part of a 1996 plan to entice voters to pay for two new stadiums.

    The tax hit is just the latest in a string of unforeseen consequences from what has turned into one of the worst professional sports deals ever struck by a local government—soaking up unprecedented tax dollars and county resources while returning little economic benefit.

    (The rest has been removed to comply with including snippets instead of the entire article).

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    Re: WSJ article on Bengals/Reds ballparks

    When all is said and done more is said than done.

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    Re: WSJ article on Bengals/Reds ballparks

    I hate that aberration on the river called PBS. A fitting acronym since it relies on public charity as well. Anything involving the Bengals should have had a roof so it could be used more than 15 days a year. It should have also been in the West End or some such place, not on the river.

    Edit: please raze that building.
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    Re: WSJ article on Bengals/Reds ballparks

    Quote Originally Posted by mdccclxix View Post
    I hate that aberration on the river called PBS. A fitting acronym since it relies on public charity as well. Anything involving the Bengals should have had a roof so it could be used more than 15 days a year. It should have also been in the West End or some such place, not on the river.

    Edit: please raze that building.
    Why would you want to raze a brand new stadium? There are people who do like to go to games, like the 50-some consecutive sellout crowds up until last year.

    I do agree that PBS should have been a dome so it could be used for other things besides NFL football. With a dome, Cincinnati could host, in addition to 10-12 Bengals games a year, NCAA tournament/Final Four, college bowl game in December, national political convention, more concerts, giant conventions, etc. PBS was short-sighted. I believe Mike Brown wanted to play outdoors on grass, but not even four years in and they had to scrap the grass because they couldn't get it to grow (even though stadiums much farther north in Chicago, Cleveland, Green Bay, Pittsburgh seem to find a way).

    I would be OK with the current location if the stadium was a dome. If it had to be outdoor-only, I agree it should have been placed in an industrial area like the West End since it's only used a few dates a year.


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