Quick answer: * baseball would cost 4x as much* exactly one
baseball team has moved since 1972* because baseball has no meaningful
salary cap, your 4x as expensive baseball team probably loses 95 games a yearVote doesn't look as good after that, does it?
Gotta laugh: Robin took Russ literally in speaking of "ballet" when Russ
Ah, but people DO still care about the fair. I volunteer during the Fair every
year and the attendance is great. But the fair is only 10 days out of the year.
There are 355 other days that could be used if the facility was upgraded and
new venues added. The Fair Park has such potential if it was managed correctly
and built out in such a way to attract other activities.
@ Brave Robin,Lots of opinion on use of local tax monies from
someone not even located in the state.
of course Checkets couldn't run the team. this is the same guy that started
the Knicks downfall and had to get the governor to help him hold the state
hostage to get the stadium built in the first place.
@UU32Wrong. The Jazz arena itself was funded by the Millers, but
the land, the public easements, and the infrastructure (water, sewer, power,
etc.) was paid for 100% by Salt Lake City. The total amount was $32 million.This is the same structure as the RSL stadium financing. The building
itself was paid for by the ownership. The land, easements, and infrastructure
were paid for with public money. The total amount was $18 million.The difference? RSL had to pay it back at $3 million per year, which they
actually finished paying off early. Know what the Jazz's payback schedule
is? $1 per year. No, that's not a typo. They pay $1 per year. The good
news is there are only 31,999,976 years left until the taxpayers have been paid
back.Do your research next time.
check your facts, manLarry Miller paid for the arena out of his own pocket
with no taxpayer funds at all. Just one of the things that made him a
UU32, that's a common misperception; some would say perpetuated by the
Millers themselves. The then-Delta Center was the beneficiary of a $24 million
grant of land and infrastructure from a bond secured by the Salt Lake City RDA.
The RDA still holds a 50-year (starting in 1990) lease on the land.
I like the old Fair Park buildings, they have style. That being said, the Fair
Park must change to remain viable, and if we need to put in other buildings and
venues to assure a longer use season and commercial traffic to make the
investment of money worthwhile I will support it. A stadium of
sorts, and convention buildings or multipurpose buildings could still host the
State Fair, but would not sit idle for weeks or months on end as they do now.With good lines of communication i.e., rail and road and, hopefully,
intelligent traffic and parking management it could work. If the athletic field
was properly designed it could be a multi-sport surface and host maybe rugby and
high school football or lacrosse contests.The devil is always in the
details but some serious re-purposing of the grounds is worth a meeting or two.
The Jazz arena was funded by the Millers - not public money.
i'm a big soccer fan, but taxpayers should always smell-something fishy
about a public-private partnership. sports leagues in the U.S. have done quite
well in extorting governments around the country to pony up big money to help
them fund stadiums to run their private businesses. RSL is making progress but
their finances from Rio Tinto were in big trouble for awhile and thats why
Checketts had to sell.
@Russ"why not a Major League Baseball Team?"Because baseball is a dying sport. Everybody's finally figured out how
boring it is."why not pay for the one in Sandy first."The one in Sandy is paid for. The public funds have already been paid
back in full. Ironically, the Jazz arena has not yet been paid back in
full....I don't hear much whining about that."I think since
our tax money is being used it should be on a ballet."You're already getting a publicly-funded ballet theater. Google
"Eccles theater.""Does anyone even care about the State
Fair anymore?"No. That's why they have no money. Once the
soccer team moves in, people will care and the money will flow."Why not improve the Fair Grounds instead of another sports stadium no one
can afford to attend?"You answered your own question above.
Don't just improve the fairgrounds because nobody cares about the state
fair any more. And FYI, you can get RSL season tickets for the same price as
two Jazz games.
RussSalt Lake City, UTFirst of all, you should realize
by now, your vote doesn't matter, just look at the news, and second, the
soccer games are actually quite affordable, you can buy a Maverik Corner ticket
for 16 bucks, and there isn't a bad seat in Rio Tinto at least.
why not a Major League Baseball Team? I know soccer is popular right now, but
why not pay for the one in Sandy first. I would rather see a new shopping center
or housing in that location. Also, I think since our tax money is being used it
should be on a ballet. Does no one care anymore or are they just going to roll
over and let the politicians make every decision? Wake up Utah, stand your
ground. Does anyone even care about the State Fair anymore? Why not improve the
Fair Grounds instead of another sports stadium no one can afford to attend? Utah
people are so ambivalent and sheep like it is just amazing.
YES! YES! YES!Please let this happen!I just hope they
avoid turf and use real grass, make it as similar to Rio Tinto as possible.