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The impact of sports stadiums on a city's economic development




Josh Reddick #16 of the Oakland Athletics comes into the duggout during Game Five of the American League Division Series against the Detroit Tigers at O.co Coliseum on October 10, 2013 in Oakland, California.
Josh Reddick #16 of the Oakland Athletics comes into the duggout during Game Five of the American League Division Series against the Detroit Tigers at O.co Coliseum on October 10, 2013 in Oakland, California.
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Building a new sports stadium can be a tricky business.

Three cities in California have proposals of one kind or another to construct new facilities for major league teams. Officials in Oakland are promoting a plan for a huge, 800-acre development that would house the city's baseball, football and basketball franchises.

In San Diego, the NFL Chargers are pressing for a new home downtown, and here in Los Angeles, a plan for a downtown stadium, promised just last year by city officials now seems dead.

Oakland, San Diego, L.A., each plan is different, but they all promise that a new stadium will bring major, and much needed economic development.