In a recent interview with ESPN radio, Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman said that he would push to reduce the national debt if he were ever to become president, and then said that he would work to put a stop to taxpayer funding of NFL stadiums.
Sherman went on to say that the wealthy owners who draw revenue from the teams that play in those stadiums should bear the cost of building them.
The outspoken Seattle all-pro defender alluded to a larger point. According to a report compiled in 2015, a massive 29 of 31 NFL stadiums have been subsidized in some manner by public funding over the past 20 years, with $7 billion of that figure going just to the construction of new stadium facilities.
More specifically, however, CenturyLink Field had a total construction cost of $430 million. Public funds paid for $300 million of that total - nearly 70 percent.
CenturlyLink Field is also home to Sherman and the Seattle Seahawks.