Taxpayers Could Be Paying For Improvements To Local Venues Like PNC Park and Heinz Field

The Sports and Exhibition Authority is asking for over a $1 million for improvements

Joe DeStio
August 29, 2018 - 2:14 pm
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PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) – Tax dollars are being sought to help maintain PNC Park, Heinz Field, PPG Paints Arena, and the David Lawrence Convention Center.

The Sports and Exhibition Authority which owns the facilities is asking the Regional Asset District board for 1.16 million dollars a year to help fund maintenance and improvements.

The Steelers and Pirates already place a surcharge on tickets to fund maintenance, and similar funds exists for the arena and convention center but the SEA says it’s not enough.

The Allegheny Institute for Public Policy questions why the facilities can't pay for themselves.

The Institute’s Frank Gamrat says, “These facilities should be kicking out enough money that they can pay for basic maintenance.”

But the SEA says more money is needed as the venues age.

Gamrat adds, “If it goes to the owners who are making a ton of money on these facilities it cannot go to true regional assets.”

He says money taken from the RAD budget will hurt other assets.  He says money taken from the RAD budget will hurt other assets.

The RAD board will be releasing a preliminary budget at the end of September.

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