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Would a soccer stadium give economy a boost?

Roger Showley, SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE

Friday, February 3, 2017

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Gensler Sports produced this artist's rendering of what a 30,000-seat Major League Soccer stadium might look like at the Qualcomm Stadium property.

Gensler Sports produced this artist's rendering of what a 30,000-seat Major League Soccer stadium might look like at the Qualcomm Stadium property. (Gensler Sports)

Kelly Cunningham, National University System

YES:  If a subsidized stadium does not go before voters for proper approval, it should be made absolutely clear that taxpayers have no conditional liability to pay for it. Bonds issued to build the stadium would be solely contingent upon rents collected from use of it. Any obligations for bondholders would be from stadium revenues and the stadium itself serve as the only collateral. With those stipulations, the city could approve of such a plan.