Nashville considering extra $1m a year in subsidies so Titans can buy new doors, fences

The city of Nashville is considering giving the owners of the Tennessee Titans an additional $1 million a year because they want new doors. Repeat: The city of Nashville is considering giving the owners of the Tennessee Titans an additional $1 million a year because they want new doors:

“As the stadium ages then the capital needs grow, and they present more frequently,” [says Metro Sports Authority Director Monica] Fawknotson. “We’re just at the place where $1 million is no longer enough to fund the capital needs.” …

The Titans have more than a dozen anticipated projects, totaling $4.4 million, it says is needed to keep Nissan Stadium up to date.

These projects include new environmentally-friendly lighting and digital security systems, new security fencing; updated doors throughout the stadium; fiber-optic upgrades for broadcast TV trucks and transmissions; and roof replacements on concession stands and other buildings.

Those had better be some crazy futuristic doors, that’s all I’m saying.

Under teams of the lease that brought the Titans to Tennessee in 1997, the team owners get to spend money on stadium upgrades, and then the city has to reimburse them for the cost. That is, as previously noted, completely insane, but now that the lease is in place, there’s little the city of Nashville can do but to refill the capital-improvements bucket when it’s run empty, and that’s what it’s set to consider doing now.

I really should quit this whole blog-writing game and go into business as a stadium-lease consultant, shouldn’t I? I promise to save your city millions of dollars in the long run — if that’s what your elected officials care about, which I know it probably isn’t, because in the long run their political careers are all dead.


6 comments on “Nashville considering extra $1m a year in subsidies so Titans can buy new doors, fences

  1. You’d make way more money putting that knowledge to use for the other side than in using it to help municipalities… most of whom do not understand basic economics/math anyway.

      • If there’s one thing I’ve learned in a half century, it’s that they don’t understand it at all.

        Rather than do the math and try to reason through the consequences of any prospective plan, it’s more likely that they will ask “If we just say yes to whatever this is can we stop talking about it?”

  2. It sure is frustrating to read this site. It’s not Mr. deMause’s fault, he’s the capable messenger. It’s the never-ending demands of billionaire sports owners and franchises of the municipalities in which they operate, and the incredibly stupid deals these municipalities have agreed to. And now we have the Raiders relocating to Vegas, where the state government fell all over themselves to allocate $750 million of tax money to build the stadium, and will spend millions in NDOT money to provide road access to the stadium. The lease agreement is yet to be negotiated and signed. Given the negotiating prowess the governments have already shown, I fear the lease agreement will be a one-of-a-kind disaster that gives the Raiders everything they want in perpetuity.

  3. This facility is nearing 18 years old. Buying new doors is a waste of money obviously. It should be replaced with something, really anything, that costs $2Bn.

    As an aside… if a football stadium (even one like this that hosts two tenants) needs new doors every 18 years (or around 270-300 major events hosted), wouldn’t baseball stadia need new doors every three years or so?

    Yankee fans, get on the phone. You’ve been forced to use shabby old doors more than three times as long as the standard… that is unacceptable.

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