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Ending years of legal battles, the Third Court of Appeals in Austin entered a judgment on Wednesday essentially authorizing the city to build a downtown arena that also can host sporting events.
“This is a monumental win for the City of El Paso! The ruling means we can deliver a multipurpose facility that El Pasoans overwhelming voted for and approved in 2012 – an MPC that accommodates performing arts and other entertainment, including sports. The City Attorney’s Office and its legal team did a phenomenal job of presenting the City’s case and we are beyond thrilled with this win,” Mayor Dee Margo said.
Via a news release officials with the City of El Paso stated that as a result of the court’s ruling, “the City of El Paso is authorized to build a Multipurpose Performing Arts and Entertainment Center (MPC) that accommodates sports, and sporting events, and may use outside funding sources for its construction.”
The Court of Appeals decision allows the City to do the following:
- Build a facility that can accommodate sports;
- Use “funding from other resources” to modify, complete, or enhance the Facility for sports uses.
City Attorney Karla Nieman said the ruling affirms that the work being done for the MPC is in compliance with state regulations. During the appeal, the City contended that the broad meaning of “entertainment” always included sports.
Officials with the city added, “This signature bond project was overwhelmingly approved by voters with a total of 102,358 people voted in favor, representing 71.67 percent of the votes cast in the 2012 election. The ordinance calling for the election stated the MPC would be downtown, which was affirmed by court ruling issued last year.”