Editorial: Taxpayers spending too much money on stadiums

Posted: October 27, 2016 in Editorials, Journalism, Opinion
U.S. Bank Stadium, the new home of the Minnesota Vikings opened this year at a cost of $1.1 billion, half of which was covered by taxpayers. Cougar News Blog writers think there are better uses for that money. (Photo used under Creative Commons from darb02/Wikimedia Commons.)

U.S. Bank Stadium, the new home of the Minnesota Vikings opened this year at a cost of $1.1 billion, half of which was covered by taxpayers. Cougar News Blog writers think there are better uses for that money. (Photo used under Creative Commons from darb02/Wikimedia Commons.)

     Since the mid ‘90s there has been a problem in almost every state – stadiums that have been paid for by the taxpayers. The new Vikings stadium in Minnesota cost the state a great sum of $1.1 billion. About half of this money comes from state taxes.
     Not only is this injustice being displayed with the Viking Stadium, but with stadiums from all
around the world. The Yankee Stadium costed $1.5 billion to build while taxpayers paid 208.6 million dollars for the garages and parks. More than 40 Major League Baseball and NFL stadiums have been built with taxpayer money in the last 25 years. This money is being used for something miniscule as a stadium and the question is why?
     Why are people spending millions and billions of dollars on a stadium? So they don’t lose their teams. Owners convince the public by basically blackmailing the teams and people of that state with the threat that the team will no longer represent that state.Taxpayers pay millions of dollars to these stadiums with little to no beneficial for them. Taxpayers are forced into paying and have little to no say in how their money can be used. All this money being spent on stadiums could be put towards things more important.
     “A lot of New Yorkers wanted a new Yankee or Mets stadium. At the end of the day, that was what was driving the city’s decision to do this,” said Ronnie Lowenstein, the director of the New York City Independent Budget Office.
     There are 795 million starving people in the world, and nearly half of the world’s population lives on a paycheck of $2.50 a day. Schools are having to lower education values or fire teachers. We could help these people great deal if we just spend took a small sum from the huge amount we spend on sports stadiums.
     We can still have stadiums, but instead of spending a billion dollars on them, we can spend a fraction of that price. With this we can create a better world, we can create less poverty. We can stop people from starving, and we can help people who need it support their families.
     We are being wasteful. We are spending money on something such as football, when the world falls apart around us. We need to spend less on sports stadiums and put the money toward problems in the U.S. that really matter.

This article is the opinion of the Cougar News Blog editorial team of Bronte Pappas, Skyler Wolfe, and Megan Ash.

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Comments
  1. Hailey Neaman says:

    The state did pay for half of the building cost, but the state receives money from parking fees and other expenses that they wouldn’t receive if the stadium hadn’t been built. Also, the stadium provides jobs to vendors that work in the stadiums and encourages a healthy lifestyle. The stadium benefits the state and provides enjoyment for millions of people in the nations.

  2. Megan Ash says:

    Hi Hailey first, thank you for reading our story however as that might be some what true it would take them over 100 years to get that money back. Also the stadium will not bring any more money. It will only bring the money form the other location it was at, to here.

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