I note that the multi-event-arena
rage plans have been resurrected here in UmeŚ and the local newspaper asks the question “Does UmeŚ need a multi-purpose arena?”.
I’ll just repeat my earlier argument.
Executive summary: If it is intended as an instrument for economic and demographic development, then no. If private investors want to throw money in the project, then go ahead. Make their day.
Update: Here’s a sceptical local politician. From a political science perspective the question about how such projects are made and decided is indeed interesting.
PS: The same issues actually also applies to the opera and symphony orchestra.