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Brewers vs. Bucks: Comparing the AmFam Field and Fiserv Forum stadium deals
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The Recombobulation Area is a ten-time Milwaukee Press Club award-winning weekly opinion column and online publication written, edited and published by longtime Milwaukee journalist Dan Shafer. Learn more about it here.
There’s an important debate unfolding about the future of the Brewers and Major League Baseball in Milwaukee. Both the Democratic governor and legislative Republicans have proposed sizable funding packages for upgrades and maintenance at American Family Field, which would secure an extension of the team’s lease at the ballpark for several decades.
The Republican-backed bill gets its first public hearing in committee today at State Fair Park, so this debate is entering its next phase. But as we go forward, it’s important that we take the time to learn from our recent history in this realm of professional sports facility financing. We just did this a few years ago with Fiserv Forum and it has proven to be pretty successful.
So, to learn from that recent history, I took a deep dive to compare the 2015 deal to build Fiserv Forum and the new deal to fund maintenance and upgrades at American Family Field.
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ICYMI: The Recombobulation Area on the airwaves
All this week, I’ve been the guest host for Town Call on Civic Media, joining William Walter while Luke Mathers is on vacation.
Along with this, I made my regular weekly appearance on 620 WTMJ, Civic Media, and WCPT 820 / Heartland Signal.
Listen here, with Steve Scaffidi and Sandy Maxx on WTMJ N.O.W.
Listen here, with Jane Matenaer and Dom Salvia on “As Goes Wisconsin.”
And listen here, with Patti Vasquez on “Driving it Home.”
Dan Shafer is a journalist from Milwaukee who writes and publishes The Recombobulation Area. He’s also written for The New York Times, The Daily Beast, Heartland Signal, Belt Magazine, WisPolitics, and Milwaukee Record. He previously worked at Seattle Magazine, Seattle Business Magazine, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine, and BizTimes Milwaukee. He’s won 17 Milwaukee Press Club Excellence in Journalism Awards. He’s on Twitter at @DanRShafer.
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