Students in Professor Margaret Brooks’ course on sports economics participated for the fourth consecutive year in an educational and memorable trip to The Hall at Gillette Stadium. Their mission: to study the ways in which the presence of a professional football team affects the local economy.
Wearing their best New England Patriots gear and good walking shoes, students spent the day speaking with Patriots experts and observing economics principles in action.
Brian Morry, executive director of The Hall, delivered an insightful presentation about the history of the Patriots organization and the factors that influenced the decision to build the new stadium in Foxboro.
Peg Meyers, education coordinator for The Hall and former principal of a school in nearby Plainville, engaged students in discussions about the team, The Hall and stadium, as well as the economic development affected by both. Ms. Myers also gave students some general career advice, stressing the importance of exploring internships and professional connections as students consider what they will do after graduation.
After touring The Hall, the class had a unique opportunity to walk the stadium facilities and visit the media room overlooking the field, where they watched local school soccer teams practicing during April vacation week. The day concluded with lunch at CBS Scene, where students shared what they had learned and discussed how to bring more BSU students to Gillette Stadium so that they too can benefit from this unique educational opportunity to see sports economics in action. (Story and photos by Dr. Margaret Brooks, professor of economics)