Field of dreams? Don't bet the farm
The economic impact of new Atlanta Braves stadium includes 9,241 new jobs and $295 million in wages.
Too many variables to consider
The new Atlanta Braves stadium will require no tax increase for homeowners and provide $3 million annually for Cobb County schools.
Tax claim is no homer, but a solid hit
"These 60 acres (the Atlanta Braves want to build a stadium on) have produced zero SPLOST money for parks and recreation, have produced zero money for education."
A triple, not a home run
"No one in the country has ever built a brand new sports facility and created this kind of development at the same time."
Upon further review
"State law says that once the state appraises a piece of property, they can only pay it a certain amount above appraisal."
Time out on this claim.
"In this city, there hasn’t been a stadium that’s lasted more than 27 years."
Cost depends on level of work
Says the Georgia Dome would need up to $350 million in work over the next five to seven years.
Close to the mark
"Of the 18 stadiums built from 2004 to 2013, 47 percent of the total cost came from public sources."
Taxpayers are "on the hook ... for less than a third" of the proposed new Atlanta Falcons stadium, and those funds are "repaid from money that comes from outsiders."
Strange but true
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
"The Republican from Georgia [U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston], he hasn’t even been to a NASCAR race."
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