America gets rid of them; Europe treasures them

Museum of Liverpool, 8 March2015, Photo by Anthony Moretti

The San Francisco Chronicle suggests that the greed — and lies — that accompany the calls for new stadium construction in America is never heard across Europe.

Why?

“The difference between Europe and the U.S. is there are almost no concessions at soccer stadiums. There are also almost no publicly subsidized stadiums, other than Olympic venues,” said Noll, referring to the big soccer stadiums on the continent. “For the most part, these teams have more spartan stadiums that last much longer and get rebuilt, rather than torn down, because the teams are responsible for them. Those teams generate just as many fans, and just as much money.

“These teams are worth every bit as much and play in stadiums NFL owners would not accept.”

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