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Davenport residents to weigh in on proposed SAU Stadium

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Davenport residents can weigh in Tuesday, May 6, 2014 with whether they support the proposed St. Ambrose University stadium project.

SAU has proposed a 2,500 seat stadium near West Central Park Avenue and Marquette Street. Architects have released drawings for what a new stadium would look like. The field would be used for soccer, track, and football.

Neighbors have come out strongly against SAU's plans. They're asking the university to build the stadium elsewhere, with concerns about traffic, lighting, and noise. School leaders however, say that building a new stadium is necessary to getting top-tier talent to the school.

"A school like St. Ambrose has to continue to invest," SAU Vice President of Finance Mike Poster said. "We have to continue to add amenities that students want, so they understand that it's important for us to continue to recruit students to have facilities like this."

Tuesday's meeting starts at 6 p.m. at the River Center in downtown Davenport. The Planning and Zoning Commission meeting will be inside the center's Great Hall. The P and Z Commission will not likely vote on their recommendation for the city council until the May 20th meeting.

1 Comment

  • Charlie

    I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again and again. If SAU builds this, within a year after it is up, not only will it be a sports venue, it will also be a venue for concerts.

    I lived by Augustana for 28+ years, and the music programs from the football arena would be dragged back to the off campus housing until all hours in the morning. I had the RIPD on speed dial for all of the parties and parking infractions. The football stadium is on 5th Avenue, while I lived on 14th Avenue. The music was loud enough that it would drift up the hill. Some of the persons on 16th Avenue have even said that they could hear the music at certain times.

    I feel for the residents that will have to live around this mistake, because the city won’t care and SAU will be laughing all at the neighbors.

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