A republican candidate for mayor, Tayor Royal, is proposing a new NFL stadium as part of his campaign:
Omaha, Nebraska is ready to host an NFL team in an NFL stadium. Enough talk about whether we want a casino on our side of the river, we want an NFL team here. Imagine cheering on our former Cornhuskers or seeing Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, and Russell Wilson throw the football on a Sunday in our backyard.
His vision is part of a greater downtown revitalization:
The stadium should crown our riverfront and anchor our downtown. The stadium will support and stimulate the airport, shops, restaurants, and hotels that have already invested in the downtown.
But why build a stadium when there is no NFL team near Omaha?
How? The NFL is looking at several expansion cities over the coming years and Omaha needs to be one of those cities selected. My administration will put together a proposal that highlights our incredible football heritage and Omaha’s readiness to host an NFL team. Our city and state have already demonstrated a committed love for the game where every Saturday in fall over 100K people flock to Lincoln to continue our sold out record and spend their dollars. Omaha can attract more people than that here on Sundays. We are uniquely qualified to house a professional sports team that brings in fans from all over Nebraska – and fans from Council Bluffs, Des Moines, Sioux City, Mason City, Cedar Rapids, and Sioux Falls. All of those people, from all of those places, every home game…Imagine the economic impact for our city!
Sounds good to us, but surely it’s not just about the football, right?
The action doesn’t have to end when football season stops, but we’ll continue to utilize the stadium throughout the year and host concerts, festivals, and community celebrations. The biggest events no longer have to pass us by. These types of events already happen in NFL stadiums around the country and we’ll make that happen in Omaha.
This vision simply cannot happen without the full, fervent, and enthusiastic support of our entire community. There will be many skeptics who say that we can’t or that Omaha isn’t the right place for a professional sports team. But to them I ask when? Let’s set our sights high, overcome the obstacles, and join together to bring an NFL team to Omaha.
Call me skeptical, but I don’t see him getting elected and I don’t see an NFL stadium in Omaha’s future.