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Taxpayers Still Footing The Bill For Construction Of The Vet

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Veterans Stadium File Photo. (Credit: Al Bello/Getty Images)

Veterans Stadium File Photo. (Credit: Al Bello/Getty Images)

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By Paul Kurtz

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Veterans Stadium is now a distant memory, but it’s debt service is still very much a reality. Taxpayers are still paying for the cost of construction for the stadium that was demolished nine years ago.

The original price tag for the 30-year bond that was issued in 1964 for construction of the multipurpose stadium that opened in South Philly in 1971 was $25-million dollars, but the city refinanced several times over the years, falling nearly 20 years behind schedule as a result.

“It’s really not unique, actually,” says Michael Leeds, a Temple University economics professor who specializes in sports.

He says Pittsburgh fell into the same trap with Three Rivers Stadium:

“The money that Philadelphia generated from Veterans Stadium almost certainly did not match the money that Philadelphia paid.”

The city is expected to pay off the nearly $200,000 left of the debt sometime next year.

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