By: Diane Benjamin
Why did the Sports Complex come back? It looks like it’s being pushed by the Convention and Visitors Bureau: (CVB)
That email was included in one of the FOIA request I received.
Another email shows the Normal City Manager’s response to a citizens opposed to the complex. I redacted he name:
Meanwhile, one of the groups that now plays at the airport thinks they can raise money – Chicago Fire.
There is a group wanting more facts considered before any backroom deals are made:
Citizens Against BN Sports Complex
This group started with the study presented to both Bloomington and Normal: https://www.normal.org/DocumentCenter/View/13829/SFA-Summary-Report-180723?bidId=
According to the group, some things were left out of the study:
- Turf will need to be replaced every 10 years
- The Dome will need replaced in 20 years
- Cost of borrowing money – $43,700,000, 30 years at 5% interest
They estimate this will add over $20,000,000 to the cost in just the first 5 years. That cost needs to be taken into account as an expense every year, not left as a surprise for citizens at the end of 10 and 20 years.
This is a chart the group prepared:
This is the chart the consultant produced – note how much revenue per year it projects:
Obviously revenue won’t come close to covering the real costs of this complex.
See more information from this group here: Citizens Against BN Sport complex