Here Are Five New Stadiums That Will Each Cost More Than NASA’s Trip To Pluto
Remember John Oliver's brilliant segment on Sunday's Last Week Tonight, in which he declared that cities are stupid for funding new sports stadiums for their teams? It was spot-on. But here's an additional perspective. Which do you think was more expensive: Lucas Oil Stadium, which opened in 2008, or NASA's mission to Pluto, which covered 3 billion miles and began in 2006?
Well, it's a trick question, kind of. They cost exactly the same. NASA's trip to Pluto has come in at $720 million, same as the home of the Indianapolis Colts. Only with the Pluto mission, you don't have to:
* Pay $30 for parking.
* Lose Peyton Manning to the Broncos. Everything on New Discovery is just as it was when it left Earth.
* Fail to reach your destination. Since Lucas Oil opened, the Colts have never won the Super Bowl. New Discovery reached Pluto on Tuesday.
* Host soccer.
This comes to mind because CBS columnist Pat Kessler noted on Wednesday that the Pluto mission was a relative bargain, compared to things being built in the Minneapolis area.
The edge-of-the-solar-system breakthrough cost $720 million. That’s less than the cost of the $1 billion Vikings stadium [U.S. Bank Stadium, seen above]. And less than half the $1.7 billion price tag of the Southwest Rail Project.
Speaking of that:
— Mike Augustyniak (@MorningWXGuy) July 15, 2015
Here are three other current stadium projects that will cost more than a nine-year, 3 billion-mile trip to Pluto:
1. City of Champions Stadium. To be built on the site of the former Hollywood Park Racetrack in Inglewood, Ca, the proposed future home of the Los Angeles Rams is the brainchild of Stan Kroenke, who wants to move the team from St. Louis. Projected cost: $1.86 billion.
2. Carson Stadium. The Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers are planning a $1.7 billion stadium near Los Angeles, which they will share if they don't get new stadiums in their current cities. Plans currently call for it to be privately financed.
3. Atlanta NFL Stadium. As yet unnamed, the new home of the Falcons and Atlanta FC of Major League Soccer is under construction and will cost $1.4 billion.
— Vox (@voxdotcom) July 16, 2015