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Understandably, there have been questions about projected activity level, neighbors' view, and how the proposed SVC Athletic Complex will affect property values. Because it's an outdoor complex, consistent use of the SVC campus would take place approximately six months out of the year, and 10 to 12 football events each year may attract larger crowds.

In terms of visual impact, every effort is being made to maintain the appearance of greenspace for our neighbors. To answer questions about the development's potential impact on property values, research was conducted using assessed value history information on other homes near Quad-City stadiums.  
 
Read the research on assessed values of homes near stadiums



FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How many months of the year would the complex be used on a regular basis?
What time are SAU football games played? How many each year?
What time are SAU soccer games played? How many each year?
What time are SAU lacrosse games played? How many each year?
How about outdoor track and field events for St. Ambrose?
Would rock concerts be held in the stadium?
What about Assumption High School events?
What's the overall total of events that could impact neighbors?
Would you allow tailgating?
What about garbage that might blow into the neighborhoods following a large-scale event?
What about students and fans crossing our yards to get to practice or games?
What about students and fans? What happens if they disrupt our neighborhood?

What would be the taxpayers/property owners' assessments as a result of this development?

Won't our property values decrease as a result of this development?

What would the neighbors' view be like?

Would we be able to use the track for walking?

Usage
How many months of the year would the complex be used on a regular basis?
Factoring in winter and the university's academic calendar, the complex will see approximately six months of consistent use each year. Assumption High School athletes would have occasional, but not consistent, use during the summer.

What time are SAU football games played? How many each year?
There are five to six regular home football games each fall, typically played on Saturday afternoons.

What time are SAU soccer games played? How many each year?
Soccer games are played in the afternoon. There are approximately 24-26 total men's and women's junior varsity/varsity home soccer games each fall. This number includes double-headers, which would reduce the actual number of days of stadium field use. A minimal number of spectators typically attend these events.

What time are SAU lacrosse games played? How many each year?
Lacrosse games take place in the afternoon. There are approximately six home games each spring.

How about outdoor track and field events for St. Ambrose?
There would be one or two outdoor track and field events each spring.

Would rock concerts be held in the stadium?
We have no intention of hosting rock concerts at the complex and would be willing to add this as a condition of rezoning.

What about Assumption High School events?
The PID application accounts for Assumption High School's use of the facilities for most of its high school football games, and one or two track and field events. Rising Knights youth football, soccer and softball games are already taking place at the complex.

What's the overall total of events that could impact neighbors?
The SVC Complex would host 10-12 large-scale events each year (football). Two to four track and field events would draw 500 or fewer fans. The other events (soccer, lacrosse and softball) are either already taking place at the complex or have crowds that do not exceed 200-300.

Impact of Fans
Would you allow tailgating?
Tailgating activities would be limited to the proposed parking lot directly east of the stadium during St. Ambrose home football games.

What about garbage that might blow over into the neighborhoods following a large-scale event?
Maintenance crews would clean the stadium after the 10-12 large-scale events to ensure garbage does not end up in adjoining neighborhoods.

What about students and fans crossing our yards to get to practice or games?
The development would be fenced to restrict student and visitor access from the neighborhood, and to direct foot and car traffic to the only entrance, directly off of Central Park Avenue.

What about students and fans? What happens if they disrupt our neighborhood?

The university has in place conduct expectations for students attending sporting events. We would also provide security officers, as is our current practice at Brady Street Stadium. In addition, the development would be fenced to restrict student and visitor access from-or to-the neighborhood, and to direct foot and car traffic to the only entrance/exit, directly off of Central Park Avenue.

Assessments and Property Values
What would be the taxpayers/property owners' assessments as a result of this development?
There would be no cost to neighbors or to the City.

Won't our property values decrease as a result of this development?
There are numerous examples throughout the Quad Cities-and the region-of stadiums coexisting with neighborhoods without major disruptions in terms of quality of life or property values. Many of these are in much closer proximity to houses in multiple directions. A review of assessors website information indicates that assessed value trends of homes near local stadiums are comparable to other properties within their cities.

What would the neighbors' view be like?
Landscaping of north and east sides of the development would minimize visual impact, maintaining the appearance of greenspace for our neighbors.

Neighborhood Use
Would we be able to use the track for walking?
We would like to make the track available for neighborhood use during certain times.