By: Diane Benjamin
First the news: Pepsi is not paying the Ice Center anymore for naming rights ($50,000 a year), the Coliseum is no longer receiving $125,000 from Pepsi as a sponsor there! Both deals expired 3/31/2016. I bet you didn’t know that! total lost: $175,000
Nothing is clearer than the lies told by Arena supporters in order to get it built. I’m still reading old media reports of who said what. They are all available at the library if you are interested.
The real lesson is: Don’t believe a word that is uttered by any government official or supporter!
The below is a door hanger by the Arena supporters for the referendum where 66% said NO:
That little unreadable read spot in the lower right corner says “Trades Council”. Of course they supported it, getting government to fund your job is security! Of course, when that job is done you need government to fund another one for you.
Attn: City Council
The $77 million joke (cost plus estimated interest) was built to stabilize downtown. It did not. Nothing you do will be successful either.
The referendum took place on March 16, 2004. See this article from April 28, 2004:
Who has Community Pride because it got built?