The Impact of Stadium Announcements on Residential Property Values: Evidence from a Natural Experiment in Dallas-Fort Worth

12 Pages Posted: 4 Nov 2007

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Carolyn A. Dehring

University of Georgia - Department of Insurance, Legal Studies, Real Estate

Craig A. Depken

University of North Carolina at Charlotte - The Belk College of Business Administration - Department of Economics

Michael R. Ward

University of Texas at Arlington - College of Business Administration - Department of Economics; ZEW, Mannheim

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Abstract

We investigate the impact of a potential new sports venue on residential property values, focusing on the National Football League's Dallas Cowboys' search for a new host city in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. We find that residential property values in the city of Dallas increased following the announcement of a possible new stadium in the city. At the same time, property values fell throughout the rest of Dallas County, which would have paid for the proposed stadium. These patterns reversed when the Dallas stadium proposal was abandoned. Subsequently, a series of announcements regarding a new publicly subsidized stadium in nearby Arlington, Texas, reduced residential property values in Arlington. In aggregate, average property values declined approximately 1.5% relative to the surrounding area before stadium construction commenced. This decline was almost equal to the anticipated household sales tax burden, suggesting that the average expected amenity effect of hosting the Cowboys in Arlington was not significantly different from zero.

Suggested Citation

Dehring, Carolyn A. and Depken, Craig A. and Ward, Michael Robert, The Impact of Stadium Announcements on Residential Property Values: Evidence from a Natural Experiment in Dallas-Fort Worth. Contemporary Economic Policy, Vol. 25, No. 4, pp. 627-638, October 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1026118 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1465-7287.2007.00077.x

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Craig A. Depken

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