ELK GROVE, CA - The Elk Grove City Council will be discussing plans for a possible soccer stadium at its Wednesday night meeting.
Mayor Gary Davis said the site for the stadium would be next to a partially built mall because it is the heart of the city.
"By having a soccer stadium here that brings 500,000 people here every year that generates $15 million in investment in the city annually; this will enable us to get this mall built, to get some other economic activity happening around it," Davis said.
A feasibility study will determine what numbers need to be met to get the stadium constructed. Davis said money to build the arena could come from naming rights, lease payments to the ownership group, surcharges and parking surcharges.
"Our biggest hurdle to get over really is just negotiating what it takes to build the stadium," Davis said. "The good news is the soccer stadium is roughly a quarter to a third the cost of an NBA arena, but the economic benefit is the same, so we're confident that we can get to a point where we can negotiate a public-private partnership to get a stadium built."
If the stadium plan is approved, the groundbreaking could happen this year; a team could be playing at the stadium by 2014 at another temporary facility until the stadium is opened by 2015. Davis said the stadium would hold 15,000 people, while an outdoor concert would hold 15,000 to 18,000 people.
"Really, the great opportunity in Elk Grove is the infrastructure is in," Davis said. "We've got a brand new freeway interchange. We've already had the infrastructure that's come down to the mall here, and so all we have to do really is put in a parking lot, build the structure and get ready to play ball."