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JSU dome could kill Downtown arena plans

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JSU wants to build a 50,000 seat domed stadium with a price tag of $200 million. JSU wants to build a 50,000 seat domed stadium with a price tag of $200 million.
As for downtown development, council members don't think the absence of an arena should be disappointing. As for downtown development, council members don't think the absence of an arena should be disappointing.
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Discussions of a downtown Jackson arena are five years in the making. But now city leaders say Jackson State's plans could put theirs to rest.

"In my opinion, it seriously should be considered as maybe a substitute for that. I think we need a lot of things in downtown Jackson. And I don't think we should hesitate to get some more things," said Ward 2 Councilman Chokwe Lumumba.

Just last year, City Council approved $91,000 to go towards a feasibility study on a downtown arena. Over $100,000 in private funds also helped pay for the study.

"At the time, everybody was trying to seek a boost of activity in downtown Jackson," explained Ward 5 Councilman Charles Tillman.

Still, Council President Tony Yarber believes the study won't go to waste.

"What the study does actually, if we use it properly, and look at an opportunity to partner with [Jackson State University]. JSU could probably benefit from the study we have with the arena," said Yarber.

JSU wants to build a 50,000 seat domed stadium with a price tag of $200 million.

"If you see something, an alternative that is coming up that looks like it is, first of all, closer to being achieved, [secondly], can draw resources from a broader group of people and third can substitute in many respects what you were trying to do, then let it come," said Lumumba.

As for downtown development, council members don't think the absence of an arena should be disappointing. So we're just really one project, one completed project away from us seeing a bustling downtown west Jackson.

The hope is that a JSU dome could connect other parts of the city to downtown, providing more economic impact and traffic in and out of the area.

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