But he might be gambling with taxpayer dollars and not his own:
“This is bigger, with all due respect, than the All-Star Game, a football game, a basketball game — combined, times two. This economic impact is huge,” McCrory said of the 13-day equestrian competition during a news conference at the Charlotte Chamber.
Mark Bellissimo, CEO of the equestrian center, said the project requires only a small amount of public financing, including marketing and security. He anticipates his group’s budget will be between $50-$60 million.
Of course, he doesn't say how much of that $50-$60 million will be sucked out of public coffers, but we need that info desperately. Because the 2018 Games were originally contracted to be held in Canada, but they couldn't afford to do it: