Many council members pointed to residents' uncertainty about the details of the project as the reason behind their "No" votes.
"The private dollars? I have no problem with the private development. Most of the opposition that I have received has been strictly about the arena," District F's Stephanie Lynch said.
Some council members were in favor of starting the entire process over again with more transparency.
"There is a thick fog over the details of this project. There's misunderstandings," said District D's Michael Corbin.
Shreveport Mayor Ollie Tyler said even if the council voted the resolution down, she would keep working to bring more economic development to Shreveport.
"If you vote 'No' today, that's OK!" she told council members before their vote. "But I've done my job and I will continue to look for opportunities to improve Shreveport. I won't stop because I made a commitment."
One resolution, authored by Lynch, urged the mayor to decline the opportunity for Shreveport to land an NBA G-league team affiliated with the New Orleans Pelicans.
And Resolution 147 which was denied, would have taken the first step toward funding the project by activating the city's bond team to begin exploring options to dedicate $30 million in city revenue bonds to the arena.
Even if the sports arena gets a "Yes" vote tonight, this is what we're being told it will mean. Not set in stone but ball rolling. @KSLApic.twitter.com/hlQqcb7cY0
Tyler Comeaux, managing member of Shreveport for Pelicans, said a "Yes" vote Tuesday would not bind the city to a new arena but would start the process and assures New Orleans Pelicans that they're serious.