This coming Friday, the AJC’s Opinion pages will spotlight an economic sports issue, discussed in a Sept. 2 AJC story: “The Gwinnett Braves struggling to fill Coolray Field.”
It wasn’t supposed to be this way. A consultant’s study used by county officials to justify spending $64 million on the stadium said Gwinnett’s demographics and economy made it “one of the strongest markets in the country to support a minor league baseball team.” Instead, the Gwinnett Braves rank 24th out of 30 AAA teams in average attendance this year.
The team’s poor showing has implications for Gwinnett taxpayers. The county gets $1 for every ticket sold and half the net parking proceeds – money it uses to help repay $33 million borrowed to build the stadium.
We’d like to know what you think about this economic state of affairs. If you respond below, your comment could appear in print this coming Friday.