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QUARTER-CENT SALES TAX COULD RAISE $223M FOR AZ COMPLEX
Published September 19, 1997
Numbers are "finally being discussed that suggest how much taxpayers could be asked to contribute" to an East Valley domed stadium and National Sports Center, according to Lisa Gonderinger of the ARIZONA REPUBLIC. A report by the East Valley Partnership says a quarter-cent sales tax could raise "as much as" $223M for the proposed center. The report also listed "nine potential sites," to include a "campus-like collection of venues, with a retractable-roof dome over a stadium that could include both grass and ice surfaces" for the Cardinals and Coyotes. It also includes a hotel, convention center, a sports-related theme park that would include the NFL Experience and Hall of Heroes, and a sports-entertainment center with shops and restaurants. The report will now be taken to city officials in Mesa, Tempe, Scottsdale, Gilbert and Chandler to see whether they want to create a special stadium district to "hammer out further details of the project" (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 9/19).