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    The First Stadium To Be Publicly-Financed?

    I could go research this but frankly I'm tired and I know you guys will jump at the chance to exercise your knowledge on the NFL. So, the question; what franchise was the first to successfully gain public-funding for a stadium? Was it the Texans for Reliant Stadium? Or does it go back to the (reincarnated) Browns? The Ravens?

    And, for 100 bonus points, if you could elaborate AT ALL on just HOW whoever was the first franchise to get public-funding actually managed to convince the state to back them would help.. Was it really as easy as the owner saying "if I don't get public-financing I'll take the franchise to another state"?

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    Re: The First Stadium To Be Publicly-Financed?

    It was the Browns, because the Owner moved them to Baltimore where they became the Ravens. They actually picked up and left because they couldnt get the financing...but some few years later..the Browns DID get a publicly finnaced stadium

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    Re: The First Stadium To Be Publicly-Financed?

    No, Indianapolis used a publically funded stadium to move the Baltimore Colts from Baltimore to Indianapolis in 1984. The Indiana capital agreed to give the team a $12.5 million loan, a $4 million training complex, and the use of the Hoosier Dome (later renamed the RCA Dome).

    However, Baltimore was not the first... Two years prior, the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome opened. The Metrodome was funded by the state of Minnesota.

    I don't know if the 'dome is the first, but it is the earliest one I could find...
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    Re: The First Stadium To Be Publicly-Financed?

    I stand corrected... Texas Stadium, home of the cowgirls, was publicly funded, and was built in 1971. The stadium was to have originally been a domed stadium, but the stadium could not support the weight of the entire roof, and public funding ran out before the roof support structure could be modified.
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    Re: The First Stadium To Be Publicly-Financed?

    ahh shoot i guess this proves I dont pay attention to stadium stuff accept if there built etc..my fault

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    Re: The First Stadium To Be Publicly-Financed?

    And finally... I guess you could consider City Stadium, the third home of the Green Bay Packers to be the first publically funded stadium. It was paid for by the City and used by the Packers until the NFL informed the Green Bay club owners that they needed to improve their facilities or else the Packers would be moved to Milwaukee permanently.

    The citizens of Green Bay responded by building a new City Stadium, which opened in 1957, and old City Stadium reverted to a high school field. The new stadium was renamed Lambeau Field in 1965.
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