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Raleigh Can't Afford Stadium for Shaw, St. Aug's

Posted April 3, 2007

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— Raleigh cannot afford to build a proposed $30 million sports complex that would serve as home field for St. Augustine's College and Shaw University, the mayor said Tuesday.

Instead at Raleigh's City Council meeting, Charles Meeker suggested updating an existing high school facility, such as Southeast Raleigh High School, to accommodate the two schools.

Neither school has a facility to play home games and must play them at local high school stadiums. Proponents say the new facility would help with recruitment and boost attendance.

Meeker suggested naming a sponsor to defray the cost of upgrading an existing stadium. The Council decided to take the item off the agenda and consider it as a separate $8 to $10 million bond issue.

That was expected to be a topic at the City Council's public hearing scheduled for Tuesday night.

The decision on the complex was initially delayed because the proposed site along Rock Quarry Road near Interstate 440 is not large enough to accommodate the facility with parking.


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  • many moons Apr 8, 2007

    anything black you got to throw it back(basicly what most of those comments are about)

  • djofraleigh Apr 6, 2007

    Raleigh and Wake County are run by those who benefit from growth - Bankers, realtors, and builders - and educational institutions have clout, so while the Watson Flea Market property is under constant pressure to close and the pressure to build a stadium continues, I figure it is going to happen because those making the decisions don't pay for it - taxpayers do - and they make money from it.

    I live near there and dread the game night traffic on Rock Quarry, I-440, and MLK. So I don't support it.

  • sweet4you Apr 4, 2007

    .....but they can invest in reinventing downtown Raleigh..what a joke!!!

  • El Doggo Apr 4, 2007

    Whoops - sorry...

  • watchdog Apr 4, 2007

    El Doggo - Don't steal "2little2late's" thunder!!

  • El Doggo Apr 4, 2007

    Those are UNC system schools. State funded schools - not private institutions...

  • watchdog Apr 4, 2007

    RE: "there are 16 campuses in the UNC system..glad you're making the rounds of all those campuses that your tax money supports..."

    THANKS!!!!!! I wasn't aware of that!!!! I will start making my rounds tomorrow. Oh wait, how many of their stadiums did I pay to build? Those are the ones that I want to visit. Maybe you can plan my trip itinerary.

  • El Doggo Apr 4, 2007

    Then send them to one!

  • mslisac363 Apr 4, 2007

    Just to let you know I am black, but my kids deserve to attend a better school than Shaw and the Saint. This has nothing to do with race.

  • 2little2late Apr 4, 2007

    RE:"Why should the taxpayers have to pay for this?"..taxpayers pay for projects deemed to be "for the public good/in the public interest" all the time..even if the funds for the "public good" are then transferred to private developers who stand to benefit from it..