Navy and Notre Dame met for the 95th time this past Saturday, with the Fighting Irish winning, 35-32, after holding off a rally from the Midshipmen. More than 4,000 midshipmen, who came up from Annapolis, were among the 62,124 in attendance at M&T Bank Stadium for the game televised on ABC.
For such special events held at the venue, the stadium’s owner, the Maryland Stadium Authority, and the Ravens, who operate it, split the profit or loss from the event. The stadium authority also receives amusement tax from ticket sales — each ticket includes a 10% amusement tax, with 80% of that (8% of the total ticket cost) going to the stadium authority.
The stadium authority contributed $300,000 of those tax dollars to the Ravens, according to figures obtained through a Public Information Act request.
Although the stadium authority is not contractually obligated to give the Ravens any of the tax money for such events, it often does in an effort to promote a “live, work, play” environment at the Camden Yards complex and encourage more special events — beyond just Ravens and Orioles games — to take place there, like the Paul McCartney concert that Oriole Park hosted in June.
The stadium authority has given the Ravens about $2.4 million for the past four Navy games in Baltimore: $900,000 each for the 2014 and 2016 Army vs. Navy games and $345,532.61 for a 2014 game against Ohio State. The authority did not contribute such tax dollars to the Ravens for the two most recent Maryland games at M&T Bank Stadium (against West Virginia in 2013 and against Penn State in 2015).
Earlier this year, the stadium authority gave the Ravens $150,000 for hosting the Arsenal vs. Everton soccer match and, at that time, Maryland Treasurer Dereck Davis, a Democrat, said the stadium authority was being “callous and reckless with the people’s money.”
He pointed out that there is no formal agreement between the stadium authority and the Ravens to bring in future events. Davis declined to comment specifically on the contributions to the Navy vs. Notre Dame game, but a spokesperson for Davis said his stance has not changed.
A Ravens spokesperson did not reply to a request for comment on the Navy vs. Notre Dame contribution, and the stadium authority did not comment for this article.
However, the stadium authority this summer explained its reasoning for not …read more
Source:: The Mercury News