Opponents of Las Vegas soccer stadium turn in 8,400 signatures in support of public vote


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LAS VEGAS — Opponents of a $200 million soccer stadium in downtown Las Vegas have turned in about 8,400 signatures in support of a ballot initiative blocking public funding for the project.

Opponents launched the petition drive after the city council voted 4-3 in December to contribute tens of millions of dollars in public funds and city-owned land for the project.

The Las Vegas Sun reports (http://bit.ly/18hyrup ) opponents turned in the signatures late Friday in hopes of securing a June vote on public funding for the stadium.

The city initially told opponents they would need to collect 2,306 signatures to qualify the initiative for the ballot, but the requirement grew to 8,258 signatures after the city attorney determined an error had been made.

The 24,000-seat stadium is being designed to host a professional soccer team if the developers win a Major League Soccer franchise.

Information from: Las Vegas Sun, http://www.lasvegassun.com

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