by Michael Lowrey
Rebuilding Charlotte’s ancient Memorial Stadium as a soccer stadium. As the Charlotte Observer reports, the estimated cost is $22 million for a facility that would hold 10,870. I saw “hold” because about a third of the “seating” capacity would be on a big grass berm. The report doesn’t layout who would pay for the project.
Leaving aside the usual economic development wishful thinking, putting a stadium of any sort on that site is simply not the best use of the land. Memorial Stadium sits smack in the middle of Central Piedmont Community College’s main campus; giving the land to the college makes much more sense.