The Dallas Morning News' Angela Shah and Steve Brown examine the issue of building a stadium for the Cowboys in Arlington. In this case, there is a record based on the city's $135m investment in a ballpark for the Rangers ten years ago. Shah and Brown gather some evidence, mostly inconclusive.
This the most compelling bit. It reflects on the ever present "stadium as catalyst" argument from subsidy proponents:
The projects around the stadium that would have generated additional tax money - offices and a retail area lining a river walk and bordering a small, man-made lake - have yet to materialize.
The only significant new office property near the stadium is a three-building, 234,000-square-foot development built for Siemens Dematic Postal Automation in 2003, with additional city tax breaks. The Siemens unit already had been located in Arlington.
That's not an impressive record.