By: Diane Benjamin
Old story, but the Coliseum was built against the wishes of the people, bigger venues already existed in Peoria and Champaign. The Coliseum isn’t big enough to draw big name acts, the sports teams have lousy attendance at games.
The economic impact of the Coliseum is a made-up number with no actual data to justify it.
A sports complex will be no different. Yes, the local hotels are struggling. It isn’t government’s job to fill them at your expense, especially when “if we build it they will come” has already been proven wrong. Cuts backs are happening at every level of government, their version of “investing in the future” has proven ridiculous in the past, it will continue to be ridiculous.
A sports complex already exists within 30 minutes of Bloomington-Normal: Pekin Il.
Pekin has an indoor climate controlled venue for sporting events – see it here:
In 2013 the Dome hosted a National girls softball tournament, I found no proof it returned after 2013. http://www.pekintimes.com/article/20111119/NEWS/311199997
Pekin also has an outdoor sports complex featuring: http://www.pekinparkdistrict.org/sportscomplex.html
- (8) lighted baseball/softball diamonds and (4) mini diamonds
- (10) acre soccer area for accommodation of multiple age appropriate fields
- (4) regulation football fields
With thousands of local kids playing soccer here, they could have raised the money to build a complex.
They have only themselves to blame for not doing it.
If it wasn’t worth their time to raise money and build it themselves, it’s not worth stealing money from people already over-taxed to build it for them.
Government doesn’t create economic development, they redistribute your wealth to their friends. Unfortunately, when people who think they walk on water keep getting elected, they will pretend them can perform miracles.
In reality they are nothing more than common pickpockets.