Slow news day on the stadium front, and a busy one for me as I enter the home stretch for Brooklyn Wars, but I don’t want to leave you with nothing for today. So here’s a sports blogger from Baltimore taking advantage of that city’s upcoming mayoral election to argue that Baltimore needs a new arena, because, well:
Considering the building has showcased five Garth Brooks shows, the return of Bruce Springsteen to Charm City, a major regular-season men’s college basketball game (the highly ranked Terps hosted Princeton in December), Janet Jackson, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Justin Timberlake, Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews Band, Prince, Stevie Wonder, a UFC pay-per-view and much more in recent years, it isn’t hard to understand why some might wonder if the city really does even need a new facility.
(We do. The water damage on the ceiling tiles above me in the 200 section from where I watched the Terps down the Tigers in December reminded me that, yes, yes, we do.)
For anyone who insists that the sports stadium subsidy landscape has shifted, here we have a grown man arguing that the mayor of a major American city needs to make tearing down the local sports arena and building a new one, at uncertain cost, solely because the ceiling leaks. (Okay, he also argues that a new arena might attract more college basketball and an Outkast reunion tour — your call which of those is more likely to happen.) We still have a ways to go.