Shreveport Council unanimously nixes sports complex

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In a unanimous decision, the Shreveport City Council this evening voted against issuing $30 million in bonds to build a sports complex in downtown Shreveport.

The idea was launched after Shreveport got the opportunity to bid to bring the New Orleans Pelicans G league team to Shreveport.

Shreveport Mayor Ollie Tyler and her administration were in favor of the project, after an economic impact study forecasted the facility will bring 563 new jobs during the construction phase and will generate $25 million annually.  

This afternoon’s meeting was filled with citizens both in favor of and opposed to going forth with the project. Following the public comments for and against the proposal, Council members Willie Bradford, Stephanie Lynch, Oliver Jenkins and Michael Corbin spoke. 

Bradford and Lynch were opposed to the project,due to other more pressing needs in the city, while Jenkins and Corbin were more favorable toward it, but recognized the controversy involved.

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