Shreveport officials to unveil proposed sports arena, mixed-use development

Shreveport officials to unveil proposed sports arena, mixed-use development

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Administrators with the city of Shreveport will unveil the proposed Shreveport Sports Complex on Tuesday.

Mayor Ollie Tyler will release the details of a more than $100 million mixed-use development expected to be along the Cross-Bayou Corridor at Tuesday's City Council meeting. Tyler says the Sports Complex is the anchor of an entire development along the corridor.

The partnership is expected to solidify the efforts of the city to bring the NBA New Orleans Pelicans' G-League Team to Shreveport.

"This is a great opportunity for the City of Shreveport and the entire region to provide a significant economic driver in job creation as well as a family-friendly venue for our citizens. This development will also attract visitors from across the state, region, and nation because Shreveport will become a destination instead of a just a place to visit," said Mayor Tyler.

The City Council will consider legislation for introduction at its Tuesday's meeting that will take the next necessary steps to begin the process of securing $30 million dollars in bonds for the Sports Complex. It will come up for a final reading September 12.

At Monday's work session, Tyler stressed this step is only procedural and does not dedicate any funds at this time. However, City Council approval will be needed prior to utilizing any funds once there is a formal agreement with both the Pelicans and its other private partners. Tyler says she will introduce any further legislation as necessary.

The Mayor says the resolution goes a long way in the eyes of the NBA.

"It sends a message to the NBA New Orleans Pelicans that we are very serious about having them here in our city, which is something that a lot of our citizens have expressed a desire to have," she said.

This effort is part of the Mayor's vision to generate jobs, improve Shreveport's economy, decrease crime and provide a better quality of life for each citizen.

The G-League is the NBA's premier developmental league affiliate.

Shreveport was one of 11 cities originally selected to be a possible site for the d-league of the team. The city is now believed to be one of two, with the other city being Pensacola, FL.

When asked by Councilwoman Stephanie Lynch about a timeline, Mayor Tyler said she believes the Pelicans will make a final decision sometime in September.

Mayor Tyler is proposing a new downtown sports complex that will not only be home to the NBA G-League team but also provide a mid-sized sports event center (3,200 seats) for year-round activity.

That activity could include local, state and regional basketball, volleyball, tennis, gymnastics, boxing, cheer competitions,  and lacrosse tournaments.

The decision for this type of multi-use sports complex was based on information and research of other successful mid-sized NBA G-League cities.

The presentation given at Tuesday's city council meeting will be a shortened version of what was presented to the Pelicans.

City Council meets at 3pm Tuesday. The city engineer will also give a presentation about the city's drainage system in light of the accident that killed 7-year-old Daysean Combest last month.

Prior to the meeting, there will be a 1:30pm Public Safety Committee meeting. Topics include ride sharing services, issues with Kokopellis nightclub and how Crime Stoppers functions.

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