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In fact, Kriseman and some councilmembers feel so strongly about another downtown stadium, they've started to offer up subsidies to the Rays without them even publicly asking for them yet.
However, there's an important lesson to be learned from the recently-scorned St. Louis market. In the city's losing bid to keep the Rams, it spent the amazing sum of $16.2 million on architects, attorneys, engineers, and consultants.
To the Rays' credit, they offered to chip in up to $100,000 on a downtown master redevelopment plan, but the difference in those totals shows just how expensive stadium-chasing can be...and those are your tax dollars, my friends.
So St. Pete, be careful about how far down this road you go when we already know your location isn't ideal for many fans in the bay area. Because stadium-planning can be expensive if you let it run away from you.
And if the prospect of a few million dollars in earmarked money for the most problematic part of St. Petersburg draws this many headlines...just think about the headlines we'll see if your city spends $16 million on a failed stadium bid.
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