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SBD/April 1, 2011/Facilities
L.A. Official Suggests City Could Share In Profits From AEG's Downtown Stadium
Published April 1, 2011
MEETING OF THE MINDS: The AP's Jacob Adelman noted the "tone was mostly cordial" at the meeting, and AEG and Majestic reps "agreed on one thing Thursday: Pro football can be a major economic driver for the region." Majestic Realty VP John Semcken said that the stadium his firm wants to build in City of Industry "would draw large numbers of fans to Los Angeles without exposing it to the risk of having the venue built within its borders." AEG COO Dan Beckerman countered that his company's proposal for downtown "would involve much-needed improvements to the adjacent convention center." Beckerman argued that a "downtown stadium would have better public transit service along with more nearby bars and restaurants for fans." Semcken responded that Majestic's project "has more parking and space for tailgating parties" (AP, 3/31). National Resources Defense Council attorney David Pettit, who opened his commentary at Thursday's meeting "by suggesting a downtown stadium would be more environmentally friendly than a stadium in Industry, backed off when asked about traffic congestion, parking and the emissions of idling cars." He said, "It's hard to say because AEG's proposal hasn't really come out yet, so I don't think it's fair to make comparisons" (SAN GABRIEL VALLEY TRIBUNE, 4/1).