LAS VEGAS -- The Las Vegas City Council voted Wednesday to clear the way for a new downtown soccer stadium to be built.
The agreement, which was amended from its original proposal, would create the opportunity for Las Vegas to host a Major League Soccer expansion franchise. The vote was 4 - 3 for approval at the City Council meeting.
Council members debated for several hours over the stadium issue and the major sticking point was public funding.
"I have asked, do you want a public soccer team in Las Vegas and the answer I get continually is – ‘not if it uses public funds,'” said Councilwoman Lois Tarkanian, Las Vegas City Council.
“The one thing I've been focused on since the beginning, is the public funding aspect of it. I've been against public funding of this project and I'm still against public funding for this project,” according to Councilman Stavros Anthony, Las Vegas City Council.