Research

Some useful reports for stadium and arena researchers…

Judith Grant Long’s data on full public cost of stadiums and arenas

Where most “stadium cost” charts just rely on self-reporting by teams, Harvard researcher Long has actually attempted to calculate the public and private costs of every major-league stadium and arena in North America, including hidden subsidies like free land, lease breaks, and tax exemptions. Long is currently working on a book on this subject (UPDATE: it’s out!); until then, these archives of her research are the best source for complete cost information.

Cost estimates of Yankees and Mets stadium deals

Detailed estimates of the public/private costs shares of the New York Yankees and Mets stadiums opening in April 2009, calculated by Neil deMause based on public sources.

Rod Fort’s sports business data

An excellent source of stats on everything from ticket prices to player salaries.

Ballparks.com

Histories and links to articles on every stadium and arena, past, present, and future.

SportsVenues.com

Mostly valuable for its list of naming-rights deals, updated regularly.

Ballparks, Arenas and Stadiums

Photo galleries of dozens of current and former sports facilities.