Benjamin Schultz, Ph.D. Geography
There are very few events that have the ability to bring people together (or to push them apart) quite like sports. Sports franchises have the ability to become the public face for an entire city. As such, big city mayors from Boston to San Francisco are jumping on board to participate in the current boom in the construction of sports-related facilities. According to the Brookings Institution, American cities spent over seven billion dollars on new facilities in the first decade of the 2000s, most of which came from public sources.