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Lindsey Hickman (Editor) July 30, 2013 at 05:23 pm
Nope, but there are a lot of Giants fans in Dixon!
Bil Paul July 30, 2013 at 07:19 pm
I had forgotten who he was. Know I now -- The Beard.
Lindsey Hickman (Editor) July 30, 2013 at 08:40 pm
Yes! Fear the BEARD lol!
Tom Brown July 22, 2013 at 08:37 am
Cities like San Francisco and Oakland that already have stadium venues have been unable to supportRead More professional soccer how could Elk Grove ignore that fact and even consider such an absurd idea?
Elk Grove Laguna Forums July 22, 2013 at 11:12 am
It will all depend on the price of tickets and what it costs the city. The city needs to not loseRead More money on the stadium. Another factor is how successful can a team in Elk Grove be competing against franchises in New York and LA that have major sponsors? I have no doubt we could get 14,000 people to see a handful of games a year. I just don't see how the city recoups it's investment. Elk Grove is a soccer crazy town. You don't want a team to come here and then leave in a few years because they can't compete. We don't want to be the Sac Kings of the MLS and always be near the bottom.
Casey Barcomb July 26, 2013 at 09:03 am
Elk Grove would be an utter failure. No public transportation to the matches, awful traffic,Read More nothing to do there before or after the match (unless you like big box stores and restaurants). Sacramento is more centrally located and realistically located in order to draw fans from all of the suburbs. People from Rocklin, Roseville, and Davis aren't going to go to Elk Grove...The Elk Grove mayor is nuts.
Bil Paul May 2, 2013 at 04:18 pm
Since we want to sanitize the race as much as possible and remove any public concern about bombings,Read More we must take the name "Breakers" out of Bay to Breakers. "Breakers" could imply the possibility of someone getting hurt.
Jonathan Koolpe May 2, 2013 at 07:01 pm
Truly, the participants should boycott the race over this asinine backpack ban. I'm not a runner,Read More but I would do so if I had previously had plans to attend this event. But I already boycott doing any business in SF over the unconstitutional red light cameras and the OUTRAGEOUS fines that they have imposed for these pernicious, non-human devices so I guess this is just another reason to not visit SF.
Roberto May 3, 2013 at 01:52 pm
Not a problem, go with pressure cookers! Add a couple back straps and you have a waterproofRead More container that also serves as an ice chest for some snacks, and that cold beer after the race.
Manuel April 17, 2013 at 03:31 pm
I'm not from Sac and I'm die hard Bulls Fan. As an NBA fan I really hope that the commissioner andRead More owners vote on keeping the Kings in Sacramento. It's not the fans fault that Seattle wasn't able to keep their team and also not their fault that their team owners decided not to invest in better players and instead invest in a building casino and resort in Las Vegas which failed and now want the city of sacramento and their community to suffer. Sacramento deserves the kings not Seattle. They can't support all the teams they have now. How are they going to support another team?? Seattle worry about supporting the Mariners when King Felix isn't pitching and the worry about getting an NBA team back to Seattle.
DMS April 17, 2013 at 08:55 pm
Cody, are you cutting and pasting old news. Keep the news in Elkgrove. "Come on man"
Jim Zimmerman March 19, 2013 at 05:27 pm
Our Council just loves spending our tax payer's money.
Tom Waltman March 19, 2013 at 06:30 pm
Jim - I would love to say that is true, but it is not. Steve Detrick has consistently been on theRead More side of moderation in spending for several issues. As a fiscal conservative, I will give him props for speaking out against spending on items that don't provide significant community benefit or aren't at least revenue neutral. Even though he voted for continued discussion regarding the soccer stadium, he was very clear that the numbers had to make sense before he would vote for it. Pat Hume has been very close to that stance as well. I am not singling out anyone on the Council, as I believe each person who sits up there believes he is doing what is best for the community. Gary has come up with some outstanding ideas that have paid off. He and I don't have to agree on things to believe we each have the best interests of the citizens in mind. I don't believe he would ever put the taxpaying citizens of Elk Grove at undo risk. Nor do I believe anyone else on the dias would.
Rico March 19, 2013 at 08:41 pm
I wonder what the amount spent per square foot of this glorious waste of cash Soccer Stadium willRead More be...... Seriously? they honestly believe almost 20,000 people will go to games over a 6 month season? Insanity... they may as well try to get an NBA franchise to relocate to Elk grove when the ....oh...nevermind...
Tom Waltman March 15, 2013 at 08:22 pm
Having reviewed the city staff's projections, and having had a pretty close view of the KingsRead More stadium issues, I can tell you it doesn't take a lot of cynicism to come ot the belief that losing $4,000,000 to $5,000,000 each YEAR on a $100,000,000 stadium isn't a good bet. The prospective owners obviously know the value of this proposition, as they are putting, wait for it... $0 into the stadium. When they come to the table with some money, then I will believe that we aren't being used as suckers for a pipe dream. And this stadium deal with any MLS owners better have some revenue sharing deal in case the numbers don't pan out. Leaving Elk Grove taxpayers on the hook is more than cynical. In case anyone cares, I do support the idea of the soccer complex, as described at the City Council meeting as revenue neutral. I hope Mayor Johnson in Sacramento listened very carefully to my question to the Council regarding Elk Grove's support for a regional effort to keep the Kings. More than one Councilperson shook their heads "no." to that idea. I guess we have our own priorities here. The Civic Center project? Nope.
Tom Waltman March 15, 2013 at 08:22 pm
Finally, did anyone catch that, even though the City Council only voted Wednesday evening to haveRead More staff ID land for a potential soccer stadium, staff came forward with a plan for the Southeast Planning Area that already had the site for the soccer stadium identified? Wonder how that happened... Folks who were present at the meeting for that plan said nothing was ever mentioned about a soccer stadium. Dang, kind of feels like old times here in Elk Grove when the deals were all made and presented as fiat accompli to the folks at the City Council meetings. Things that make you go Hmmmmm...
Larry Pollard March 15, 2013 at 08:44 pm
Here's an idea! Let's get crime under control in this city before we do anything else! TheRead More concession stand at the stadium would probably be robbed the first weekend that it opened!!!
kelby wilson March 14, 2013 at 12:15 am
Elk grove already has enough sports areas! Focus on finishing plans already started or restoreRead More benefits for city employees before spending millions on unnecessary sports arenas
Anthony Cooper March 14, 2013 at 03:05 am
Honestly I want looked to find the negatives in this. I Googled Soccer in every negative way.Read More Although in England the numbers seem to be falling, but the U.S. the numbers are climbing. Should Elk Grove bring soccer here. Well I have a two year old son and would very much enjoy watching him to have a local professional team to look up to. I just hope the numbers come out right for the city before they build anything. Also I think property values would go up. My biggest concern is the crime rate going up.
Jeff Thurman March 16, 2013 at 10:58 am
I love the first 3 commets. It does seem lke we have a bunch of kids running this city sometimes.
Jeff Thurman March 13, 2013 at 12:54 am
Just because we have a lot of people who play soccer, it does not mean they want to pay to see aRead More game. It just means we have a lot of kids that play soccer. I go to my kids games all the time. If I took my kids to a pro game, they would want to leave by half time (and so would I). It would do well the first couple of years, but after year 2 the fans will dwindle to 2000 to 4000 per game. Concerts will not make up the difference if they are allowed.
Greg March 13, 2013 at 12:45 pm
"whoever is operating the stadium will lose $3.9 to $5.4 million a year" -- fromRead More traditionally overoptimistic gvt projections. It's a no brainer, adding in the other factors mentioned by others. Why even look at the issue any further?
Johann Schuster March 13, 2013 at 02:58 pm
Well put. HAVING an MLS team here in Elk Grove is a grand idea. But, will people actually giveRead More their time & money? Will they? I think reality is an *incredibly* weak 'maybe'. Maybe not.
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