KSU Economist: Community Improvement Efforts Don’t Offset Stadium’s Public Costs

Alex Camacho walks outside Mercedes-Benz Stadium this week. All eyes will be on Atlanta and Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the site of Sunday’s Super Bowl. On “All Things Considered,” WABE’s Denis O’Hayer talked with Kennesaw State University economics professor J.C. Bradbury, who is skeptical about the economic developments and benefits the stadium will have for the surrounding communities.

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This Sunday’s Super Bowl has brought the world to Atlanta — specifically, to Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which opened in 2017. It cost an estimated $1.6 billion.

Some of that cost was borne by city and state taxpayers.

Today, the arguments continue over whether that investment will pay off in the form of economic developments and benefits for the surrounding communities.

One of the skeptics is Kennesaw State University economics professor J.C. Bradbury.  He studies the economics of sports. Bradbury spoke with WABE’s Denis O’Hayer on “All Things Considered.”