American City and County Magazine interviewed EDR Group staff on the issue of economic development impacts of new sports stadiums. The article pointed out EDR Group’s finding regarding limitations of mechanically calculating impacts from economic models that just trace spending patterns. It notes that:
"Stadium construction has a limited life in terms of an economic development impact.". "When there's a vision that the stadium is part of a revitalization and not just an end point, then it can have an economic development aspect."
A project like construction of a ballpark takes on more importance in a city that is not dotted with other entertainment opportunities. That is why Bridgeport and its small-community cohorts in baseball's Atlantic League (the New Jersey cities of Newark, Camden, Atlantic City and Somerset, plus Nashua, N.H., and Central Islip, N.Y.) are "good case studies for using stadiums as economic development catalysts."