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Neighbors Say No to SAU Stadium

Updated: Aug 12, 2013 06:48 PM
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Putting a football stadium in a neighborhood. 

That is what St. Ambrose University is thinking of doing in Davenport. 

But neighbors don't want it there. 

A preliminary plan for the SAU construction was given to TV6 by a resident in the Davenport neighborhood where the university is considering construction. 

The plan calls for a new softball, soccer and lacrosse field.

But the major part that is causing debate - a new football stadium. 

The university bought the land - 44 acres - in 2010 from the Diocese of Davenport - and it has sat relatively empty since. 

But some neighbors say they are drawing the line if a football stadium shows up where they live. 

Jackie Draper is one of those people who lives is that neighborhood.

She and her husband have lived there for 20 years. 

And now she says that quiet way of life may be leaving.

"This is our way of life back here. And it's just not right to plant a stadium in the middle of a neighborhood," says Draper.

She adds that a football field could cause major problems for the area.

"This is something we don't want to see happen because of the lights and traffic... You don't have enough room for a stadium the size of Brady street here. Where are they going to park? In front of my house?"

St. Ambrose does play their home games for football at Brady Street Stadium in Davenport -something Jackie says they should continue to do.

"If they put their money into that stadium, that could make it a place to go. It really could... I know they need a stadium but just not here. It's not the right place." 

St. Am brose says there is no timeline for moving forward with their athletic facilities project. 

But they do want to be good members of the community. 

University leaders add that the residents will be the first to see the plan when the university is ready to move forward. 

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