Stadium Derangement Syndrome

If you find yourself grumbling about the red ink flowing out of Stockton’s waterfront arena, take heart: other cities go way further overboard in their irrational quest to build arenas and land sports teams.

Case in point; El Paso, where the city demolished its City Hall (!) to make way for a stadium for its new triple-A baseball team, the Chihuahuas. 

This article also mentions Reno’s fiasco, where the city built an $86 million stadium for the Reno Aces. Though the stadium is a perpetual money-loser, the billionaire owner is demanding another $1 million a year.

That stadium was the brainchild of Mark Lewis, the Stockton city manager 2001-06 who ignored expert consultants and overbuilt Stockton’s arena. He went to Reno after he was fired in Stockton.

This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Post a comment

Post a Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Rules. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or fill out this form.
  • Blog Author

    Michael Fitzgerald

    Mike Fitzgerald is The Record’s award-winning metro columnist. His column runs in the paper three times a week. Born in San Francisco, he was raised in Stockton. His column covers diverse beats including, sometimes, the offbeat. Read Full
  • Categories

  • Archives

  • RSS Related Content