Big news from Liverpool, where the city council has just turned down a request from Everton for funding for a new 50,000-seat stadium:
Liverpool City Council says it will not fund Everton’s new stadium
Also, where the city council has just promised to support Everton’s new 50,000-seat stadium in any way possible:
Liverpool City Council back new Everton stadium
Okay, what the council actually said was that it “is clearly not in a position to fund the costs of a new stadium,” but would consider funding “a wider regeneration scheme, subject to a sound financial and economic rationale for doing so.” Which leaves the door open to lots of things, but not to Liverpool building a stadium and then renting it to Everton, which is what team execs wanted.
Of course, we’re still talking about a team offering to pay rent at a publicly built stadium, which almost never happens in the U.S., and then a city council saying, “No, we might help, but go build it yourself,” which also pretty much never happens. No wonder the Pilgrims got the hell out of Dodge.