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No sports, no basketball, no ice-rink in Downtown El Paso arena, judge says

Photo thanks to Carmen E. Rodriguez

By Daniel Borunda, El Paso Times:  

In the 2012 quality-of-life bond election, voters approved building a multipurpose performing arts and entertainment facility. 

Meachum ruled that the bond ordinance language did not authorize the city to build a sports arena.

The city cannot use bond money to "design, construct, improve, renovate or equip the Facility with ice-skating rinks, basketball courts, soccer fields, tennis courts and the like, which are not structures suitable to a performing arts facility," Meachum stated.

Meachum added that no funding from other sources may be used to modify the center beyond what voters approved.

The judge pointed out that the bond was titled "Museum, Cultural, Performing Arts, and Library Facilities Proposition."

Meachum states that "sports" was not in the bond ordinance, and what voters approved was a facility for various performing arts, such as dance, music and theater.

The city claims that it had guidance from the Texas Attorney General's Office that the bond allows for sporting events, as well as for performing arts and other entertainment. Read More