The week is off to a slow start, stadium-shenanigans-wise, but a few items have begun to trickle across the transom:
- The forever-simmering Houston Dynamo stadium controversy has become a major issue in the city’s mayoral runoff, with Gene Locke charging that his opponent, Annise Parker, would drive the team out of town by refusing to contribute to a new soccer stadium. A Parker spokesperson told the Houston Chronicle: “The city has already done its part by contributing the land to the project. Especially in tough economic times like we are facing now, the city can’t afford expensive, new projects.”
- The state of New Hampshire has capped the amount of rooms-and-meals taxes that it distributes to cities — which is a problem for Manchester, which is paying off its arena bonds with those taxes. Moody’s has already downgraded the bonds to junk status, and they could be at risk of default — something that Manchester, even though it’s not technically on the hook for bond payments, doubtless wants to avoid. Right now, it looks like the city and the state are going to beat each other up over who should be responsible for the shortfall — sound familiar?
- A poll of Saskatchewan residents on the future of Mosaic Stadium found that 37.4% say the Roughriders‘ home be replaced by a domed stadium, 11.9% think it should be replaced by a non-domed stadium, 18.1% think it should be renovated, and and 32.6% say it should be left alone. The headline that the Regina Leader-Post (which conducted the poll) used on this was “Most Saskatchewan residents believe Mosaic Stadium should be replaced or improved,” though they could have just as easily said “Most Saskatchewan residents don’t believe Mosaic Stadium should be replaced.” It doesn’t look like the poll went into funding specifics, though it is reported that “eighty per cent say various levels of government should foot at least part of the bill.” (The tip, presumably.)