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Big Impact Expected If SAU Sports Complex Becomes Reality

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     A development of its size is expected to be an economic boon for not just the university but the community. Assuming the plans for the new sports complex aren't drastically changed, St. Ambrose University officials say it could be a ballpark $20 million project. It's a major investment wants to make right within the community on the former St. Vincent Center property.
     The actual development and creation of the stadium and fields is expected to come more than $33 million dollars in business activity. That is impact on the local economy due to spending on the complex. There would also be an estimated more than 250 jobs to make it all happen.
     The university recently had an outside firm look at its footprint on the community overall and it found that SAU has an annual economic impact of $188 million. University officials hope the stadium would only add to that each year and hope it can be something that neighbors can utilize in different ways too.
     "Facilities like this can be used by the neighborhood for walking, running, recreation when it's not being used by assumption and by Ambrose so I think the community will find this is an improvement that could have a big benefit for the neighborhood," said Mike Poster, VP of Finance for St. Ambrose University.
     The updated stadium plans no longer involve property owned by Assumption High School. Assumption school leaders are hoping their students will be kept in consideration would be able to utilize the new complex for different sports. The high school already shares softball, soccer and practice fields owned by the university and SAU officials say the plan is to allow use by Assumption if the new facilities become reality.
     The complex plans can still be tweaked. Once the university has what it considers a final concept, neighbors get 90 days to review the proposal before it's sent to the city for final consideration.