Boise votes to require vote on soccer stadium funding, Charlotte votes for council set to okay soccer stadium funding

It was an oddly slow Election Day for sports-related votes — the big Oklahoma City vote on the latest MAPS sales-tax surcharge that would provide public money for a USL soccer stadium isn’t until December 10 — but there were a couple of notable items:

  • Boise, Idaho residents, facing a demand for a $50 million soccer stadium to lure a USL franchise, voted to require a public vote before the city can participate in any sports stadium project that costs more than $5 million in public or private money. (They also voted for a similar requirement for any library project costing more than $25 million.) That sounds like it should be airtight enough to avoid the legal pitfalls that befell Seattle’s similar Initiative 91 when it turned out to be unclear what a public “investment” meant — tax breaks? only direct cash? — but then again, since I-91 did its job fine in terms of preventing major sports giveaways, maybe it’s the spirit of the thing that counts.
  • The mayor of Charlotte and all the city council incumbents up for re-election got re-elected, and since the current city council has been largely willing to listen to Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper’s ask for $100-200 million in stadium improvement to bring an MLS team to town, that’s probably good news for that project. Or bad news for anyone who thinks that $200 million (or more!) to upgrade an existing football stadium for soccer is kinda crazy.

 


One comment on “Boise votes to require vote on soccer stadium funding, Charlotte votes for council set to okay soccer stadium funding

  1. “… facing a demand for a $50 million soccer stadium to lure a USL franchise…”

    Just let that statement roll around in your mind for a little while. We are now talking about $50m in subsidy for a third tier league of a sport which does not generate operating profits for most of the franchises in the first tier in this nation.

    And all this for the 80th largest Metro area in the US (700k), a city with about 350,000 in actual urban population.

    At least the league is populist enough to include a sign up sheet for expansion franchises on it’s website… so there’s that…

    https://www.uslleagueone.com/expansion

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