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Raleigh is not the only city wasting money on an amphitheater

Posted by Dr. Michael Sanera at 11:10 AM

My hometown, Mesa Az, has a white elephant that loses money.

The [Arizona] Republic examination found that revenue dropped from $2.3 million to $366,446 over four years, and the number and caliber of bookings has steadily declined.

And of course the solution is to pump more taxpayer money into the 32 year-old amphitheater.
 
The Raleigh city council has not learned from other cities.  Its downtown amphitheater is likely to meet the same fate and it is only a year old. I guess it is too much to expect.  Council members did built a money losing convention center and subsidized a hotel.  Wilmington's answer to a money losing convention center is to subsidize a hotel.  NC cities hire expensive consultants who always say that the solution to failure is more taxpayer money.

 

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