So very very much more stadium and arena news from this week:
- There’s a little money left over in Hamilton County’s sales-tax pool after paying off bonds on the Cincinnati Reds and Bengals stadiums, so county property owners will get an $8 million property tax reduction this year. That’s a mere fraction of what county officials promised when they passed the sales-tax hike 20 years ago, but at least this year they won’t have to sell any hospitals.
- The XFL says it will restart play in 2020 with teams in eight cities, but the only interesting one (unless you’re a devotee of spring football, in which case more power to you) is Dallas, where the football team will apparently play in the Texas Rangers‘ old stadium, which will remain standing right next to the Texas Rangers’ new stadium, as well as the Dallas Cowboys‘ stadium. (Apparently football fans don’t care about air conditioning.)
- Franklin County, Ohio, says it plans to build a new Columbus Crew arena … somewhere, costing … something, with the county putting up $50 million in cash — part of which would go toward turning the old Crew stadium into a “public sports complex” — plus land and infrastructure worth … something. But Franklin County commissioner Marilyn Brown told the Columbus Dispatch that “it will have mixed-use included, so it’s an economic-development deal that will include apartments, retail along with it. So it will have enormous economic-development benefit,” so it’s all good, because who can put a price tag on enormous?
- NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says he’s “disappointed” that Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk is backing out of a downtown arena deal, and offered to provide league help in cutting a new deal. Hands up anyone who thinks that means “Leaning on Melnyk to pay for the arena he said he would” and not “Leaning on Ottawa to bail Melnyk out with public dollars”?
- Plans for a Portland baseball stadium surrounded by affordable housing may have hit a snag, as two city commissioners say the land targeted for the stadium isn’t zoned for affordable housing. Or for a stadium, unless it can prove it has enough transportation first. These are the kinds of details you’d normally want to resolve before announcing a stadium plan, but then, so would making sure you’re using Euclidean geometry.