Professional Sporting Events and Traffic: Evidence from U.S. Cities

18 Pages Posted: 9 Nov 2018

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Brad R. Humphreys

West Virginia University - Department of Economics

Hyunwoong Pyun

West Virginia University - Department of Economics

Date Written: November 2018

Abstract

Sporting events concentrate people in facilities on game day. No evidence currently exists linking sporting events to traffic conditions. We analyze urban mobility data from 25 metropolitan areas with Major League Baseball (MLB) teams over the period 1990–2014. MLB‐related travel accounts for at most 0.5 percent of annual metropolitan area vehicle‐miles traveled (VMT). Instrumental variable regression results indicate MLB attendance causes an increase of about 5 million VMT, about 28,000 additional annual hours of traffic delay, and over $7 million annually in social costs from CO2 emissions in host cities. MLB games generate congestion externalities.

Keywords: Major League Baseball, traffic congestion, transportation, vehicle‐miles traveled

Suggested Citation

Humphreys, Brad R. and Pyun, Hyunwoong, Professional Sporting Events and Traffic: Evidence from U.S. Cities (November 2018). Journal of Regional Science, Vol. 58, Issue 5, pp. 869-886, 2018, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3281863 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jors.12389

Brad R. Humphreys (Contact Author)

West Virginia University - Department of Economics ( email )

Morgantown, WV 26506
United States

Hyunwoong Pyun

West Virginia University - Department of Economics ( email )

Morgantown, WV 26506
United States

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