Evansville stadium board to make recommendation

The Roberts Stadium Advisory Board will be making a recommendation to the Evansville City Council and Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel this month about the future of the 52-year-old arena, the Courier-Press is reporting. 

According to a recent article by reporter Jimmy Nesbitt, the board will meet tonight and again on Dec. 16 to hear presentations about the economic impact of a new 10,000-seat stadium on the area, receive public comment and then make its recommendation. 

A consultant who looked at the impact of a new arena on Evansville found that a new facility should be part of a broader downtown revitalization plan – an idea that has gained momentum in Owensboro. 

Whatever Evansville decides to do will no doubt have an impact on Owensboro’s plans for its own downtown, which are coming together with a formal downtown master plan presented in draft form last month and expected to be adopted early next year by the Owensboro City Commission and Daviess Fiscal Court. 

That plan calls for an initial investment of $80 million by the public sector for a list of projects including a downtown convention center that could also host sporting events.

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