Shreveport mayor ups ante for Pelicans basketball team

Shreveport Mayor Ollie Tyler announced yesterday she would push for a new $100 million “mixed-use” complex in her downtown. The development would include a 3,200-seat sports arena for the New Orleans Pelicans’ G League team.

Here is the press release from Tyler’s office:

These details are part of the RFP presentation that was submitted to the NBA Pelican group several weeks ago. This effort will be part of an overarching public-private partnership, anchored by the proposed Shreveport Sports Complex. More than 75 percent of this partnership is slated to be invested by private partners and will solidify the efforts of the City to bring the NBA New Orleans Pelicans’ G- League Team to Shreveport. Shreveport was notified recently that it has officially been named as one of two finalists for this league.

“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 funds for the Sports Complex. 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. The meeting will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, August 22, in the Council Chambers at Government Plaza, 505 Travis St.

This effort is part of the Mayor’s vision to provide a more competitive landscape to the community in order to generate jobs, improve our economy, decrease crime and provide a better quality of life for each citizen.

The G-League is the NBA’s premier developmental league affiliate, which has grown rapidly in recent years. Cities with G-League teams have experienced millions of dollars in economic growth.

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, just to name a few. 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.


How will Mayor Ashton Hayward respond?


1 thought on “Shreveport mayor ups ante for Pelicans basketball team

  1. The sad reality in this whole process is that nobody has considered the Ice Flyers in this whole process. The Ice Flyers have pulled upwards of 6-7 thousands fans at some games and average 4 thousand fans minimum each year. They also require numerous Friday and Saturday nights to draw the necessary crowds required to keep up some of the highest attendance records in the SPHL. How is a Multi-Use Arena that holds less than 4 thousand people that requires use by two franchises fighting for the same game nights going to be accomplished so it does not hurt the “VERY SUCCESSFUL” Ice Flyers organization. Where will the Ice Flyers practice when the playing ice has to be removed for a basketball game? How are both teams supposed to practice during the week when one team needs an ice rink and the other a wooden floor? I have yet to see anyone involved with the Mayors proposal lay out a plan to show how this new arena will work for both organizations. Reality is it will not work for two sports organizations that play at the same time of year and they could care less because Hayward does not care about Hockey in Pensacola. This proposal is in essence a bid to destroy a successful business in this community in the hopes of currying favor with Mr. Benson in New Orleans to land a low level basketball team that could wind up going bust like the previous basketball team in this community. Basketball in Pensacola rarely drew more than a thousand or two tops in the past. I know this for a fact because I attended many of those games, thanks to a friends company having season tickets they never used, and sat at court side.

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