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24/7 Wall St.: Cities Paying The Most For Sports Teams

1. Green Bay

Public per capita stadium cost: $1,114
Population: 309,469 (152nd largest)
Number of major league teams: 1
Number of stadiums: 1

Green Bay only has one professional sports team, the Green Bay Packers. The Packers play in Lambeau Field, which was originally built in 1957. The 2003 renovation of the stadium cost of $411 million, of which $241 million, or 59%, was paid by taxpayers. With ongoing costs included, the price tag for taxpayers on the renovation rose to $334 million through 2010. To pay for these renovations, Brown County taxpayers approved a half-cent sales tax, while ticket holders were charged a one time seat user fee by the city, the team and the NFL. In 2011, the team issued stock shares that have allowed it to pay for further improvements to Lambeau Field.

(AP Photo/Dave Einsel)

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