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The LB or new football stadium.

Mayor Herenton and his financial team will request to the City Council for the construction of a $30 mil, 50,000 seat football stadium. This has generated > 15 new replied on Jan 9th one day!   35 members have voted

  1. 1. If ONLY ONE is to happen, which do you ***prefer*** to see, by 2010?

    • A NEW $60M stadium completed using public/private funding.
      9
    • Crime rate drop by a third compared with 2007 level.
      24
    • Neither.
      2
  2. 2. Although there may not be connection between crime and the stadium, how urgent is it to more effectively tackle the crime/public safety problem in our city?

    • Somewhat urgent.
      5
    • Urgent.
      10
    • VERY urgent.
      20

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How can you build a decent-sized football stadium these days for only $60 million?

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How can you build a decent-sized football stadium these days for only $60 million?

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Well, I am not in that business; actually it was first proposed at $30M from what I read...

Yes, it Would be nice to have both, but by choose ONLY one, we can figure out how "divided" we are. Let's see.

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We're putting a small addition on our stadium and its supposed to cost $73 million to add 8 or 9,000 seats. I couldn't imagine an amout less than that being enough to build an entire new stadium.

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I have a serious issue with this poll because crime and a new stadium are NOT related, and it's not an either/or proposition. We do NOT have to choose between lowering crime and a new stadium.

Again, I will point out that 2004, which was the opening of the FedEx Forum, had a 27% decrease in the number of homicides from 2002. There is no correlation between a new stadium and crime.

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I have a serious issue with this poll because crime and a new stadium are NOT related, and it's not an either/or proposition. We do NOT have to choose between lowering crime and a new stadium.

Again, I will point out that 2004, which was the opening of the FedEx Forum, had a 27% decrease in the number of homicides from 2002. There is no correlation between a new stadium and crime.

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Let me restate this: it would be nice and definitely possible to have both. However, money spent on one would mean less available in the pool for the other. I wanted to see people's priority/preference on this. Clear?

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Sure...assuming city money is used to build the stadium (which Lipscomb has assured us won't happen), and assuming throwing money at the crime problem will eliminate it (research is very divided on this one).

Too many assumptions for a valid poll.

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There is no way to build a 50,000 seat stadium for under 200 million....even that would be a cheap stadium

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I'd love to see Memphis build a new stadium, however, it's going to cost A LOT more than $30 or $60 million. LP Field in Nashville, home of the Titans, cost $300 million and that was nearly ten years ago. It seats just over 69.000. If Memphis ever hopes to land an NFL team (either through expansion or relocation) it will need to build a stadium that will seat at least 70,000. And it will need to be high-quality. For a first class stadium the city of Memphis will need to pony up about half a BILLION dollars.

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I'd love to see Memphis build a new stadium, however, it's going to cost A LOT more than $30 or $60 million. LP Field in Nashville, home of the Titans, cost $300 million and that was nearly ten years ago. It seats just over 69.000. If Memphis ever hopes to land an NFL team (either through expansion or relocation) it will need to build a stadium that will seat at least 70,000. And it will need to be high-quality. For a first class stadium the city of Memphis will need to pony up about half a BILLION dollars.

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I completely agree. I believe we should be looking toward the future in building this stadium, possible relocation or expansion is a real possibility and the stadium should reflect that. I would it least like to see 200 million dollars spent on a 60,000 seat stadium with an adjacent parking garage and room to expand another 10,000 seats. I don't know where this 30 million $ figure comes from but it certainly is not realistic. Raymond James Stadium cost 183 million $ and is a good model for Memphis to look at.

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Liberty Bowl has potential but get rid of that eye-sore Coliseum. IMO 60M for a stadium is unrealistic; You have to come up on some serious money on a project like this.. Stick to renovating the Liberty Bowl.

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You know the Liberty Bowl already can seat 62,338 people. We don't even need a bigger stadium than that.

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I don't think we need a new stadium and I don't see how it will cost mega-$$$ and 14,000 seats just for ADA compliance. BUT, if this thing is going to get built, it needs to be built with the option of one day possibly luring the NFL to town. It probably needs to start out at 45-50,000 seats with 50-60 luxury boxes with the ability to be expanded to 70-75,000 seats, 120-150 luxury boxes, and a relatively easy transition from bleacher seats to individual seatbacks to keep our NFL options open. We flunked the stadium test in the past with the NFL, we need to be ready if and when there is a next time.

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Memphis does not need a new stadium. The city needs to focus on much bigger issues. Besides, the UofM team is not that great anyway and we're NOT getting an NFL team anytime soon.

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I don't think we need a new stadium either, but what does that have to do with anything? We had a pretty good team the last 2 or 3 years, are you suggesting that it would have been okay for the city to spend millions then? :huh:

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