Atlanta officials on Thursday announced a pact that would pour millions of dollars into improvements in the neighborhoods around a new football stadium for the Falcons.
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A sampling of stadium projects with bigger visions:
LUCAS OIL STADIUM, Indianapolis
Cost: about $720 million. Colts kicked in $100 million, the rest financed jointly by state and city.
Goals beyond sports: Expansion of convention facilities, addition of hotel, greater lure for downtown with a heavy concentration of events and climate-controlled connections. Project is finished.
PETCO PARK, San Diego
Cost: $474 million, most from local government development agencies.
Goals beyond sports: Rejuvenate run-down downtown area, add residences, offices, retail and restaurants. Stadium built, private development continues.
COORS FIELD, Denver
Cost: About $215 million, $47 million from team owners, the rest from sales taxes.
Goals beyond sports: Accelerating rebirth of an old warehouse district with restaurant, bars and clubs. Stadium built. Private development continues.
BALLPARK VILLAGE, St. Louis
Slated to open: 2014.
Cost: $650 million project; only the $100 million phase one is underway. The Cardinals are developing and financing the project in partnership with the Cordish Companies of Baltimore.
Goals beyond sports: Revive area just outside the new Busch Stadium with entertainment, restaurants, bars and retail. Ground broken last month.
Sources: ROMA Design Group, Visit Indy, Indianapolis Mayor’s Office, JMI Sports, Cordish Companies, Brookings Institution study by Roger Noll and Andrew Zimbalist, Denver Urban Renewal Authority