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Arena developers continue to ask for public support

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David Kenney - reporter

JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - Downtown Jackson developers are still trying to build support for the construction of an arena.

If built downtown they say it could provide a great economic boost to Jackson's business district.

Tuesday night, an Arena Rollout Extravaganza was held at the Jackson Convention Center.

For the past two years, a steering committee has been working to build support for the arena construction project.

They want a 15,000 seat facility to hold events in.

Right now they're in the middle of raising money for a feasibility study to see if an arena would work in downtown Jackson. 

They still need to raise $20,000.00 before the study can be done.

Their hope is that by educating people on the benefits of the stadium, they can get financial support to get the study started by the end of the year.

"There are two phases, the first phase determines will this arena work or not. If it proves it will work the monies we've collected can be used for a competitive grant to fund phase two which will discuss where it should be and the financial mechanisms and that type of stuff," Ben Allen, Downtown Partners President, said.

The steering committee has visited several cities to see what kind of impact and success arenas have had there.

They have looked very closely at the Verizon arena in Little Rock.

With the same population size as Jackson, they've been able to bring in big name acts and maintain their facility.

Some city leaders from Little Rock are in town, and will speak about how their arena has benefited their city.

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