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Six grand a seat

2008 May 29
by Skip Sauer

D.C. is in the stadium subsidy discussion business again. This time it’s for Major League Soccer’s D.C. United: a 150 million dollar public subsidy, for a 25,000 seat stadium.

Lets break out the pencil. $150,000,000 / 25,000 = $6,000 per seat. Hmmm… Is a seat at a soccer stadium worth $6,000 to the taxpayers of D.C.? Columnist Marc Fisher, who’s displayed a curious and perhaps studious approach to stadium subsidies in the past, doesn’t think so.

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