Jackson State University has unveiled plans to build a multi-million dollar domed stadium on its campus.
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -
Jackson State University has unveiled plans to build a $200 million, 50,000-seat stadium on its campus, but funding for the project isn't set in stone.
JSU Vice President David Hoard said Wednesday the university is waiting for the Mississippi legislature to approve $75 million for the project and the remaining funds would come from private entities. However, House Bill 1702 -- a bond bill to fund the domed stadium -- died in committee Wednesday.
Hoard called the announcement a game changer for the city of Jackson, but plans to use tax dollars to fund the project have received mixed reviews from the public.
"After looking at JSU attendance numbers. I don't understand the 50,000 seats. I think it should probably be around 20,000," said Bo Bounds, host of the Out of Bounds Show on ESPN 105.9.
Bounds said his phone lines lit up on the stadium issue, with support on both sides.
"I think taxpayers can see the big picture if it's multipurpose and done right. But the 50,000 -- there's not a demand for 50,000," Bounds said.
Jackson State officials say there will be a demand with the school's enrollment growth plan. Officials also say the price tag on the stadium is low compared to others its size, and that it could draw big entertainment and sporting events to Jackson.
"We see this as an investment for the city, county, and region and the economic impact will be dramatic," Hoard said.
The stadium would be the first of its kind for any university. It would seat 50,000 people for football and 22,000 for basketball.
SMG, the group that operates the Superdome in New Orleans, would manage the stadium.
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