It is common for medium-small Iowa and Illinois colleges, like St. Ambrose University, to have their own football stadium, soccer and sports fields adjacent to residential neighborhoods. Colleges that compete with SAU for students and teachers, such as Drake, Coe, Loras, Quincy College Illinois Wesleyan, already do. All have their football stadiums bordered by residential neighborhoods.
The presence of SAU in the inner city of Davenport improves the Harrison-Locust St. corridor. St. Ambrose spent millions to improve stormwater runoff and off-street parking, and to replace dilapidated houses with a new library, dorms, and Rogalski Center.
Annually SAU generates millions of dollars of economic impact to the community. It brings thousands of people who spend their money in our restaurants, motels and malls. The 600 plus employees and many of its 3,600 students live in homes, producing hundreds of thousands of dollars in real estate taxes.
The land proposed for the SAU stadium is already used for SAU soccer and softball. Numerous local high school football stadiums, including the stadiums of Bettendorf, North Scott, Galesburg, and Rock Island High, are larger than SAU's proposed stadium and are also in residential areas.
I am not a SAU graduate, but I am proud of what SAU does for and brings to Davenport. SAU is a jewel in our community and deserves this project.
Joseph C. Creen