BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Democratic gubernatorial candidate Parker Griffith said as governor he would push for a multi-use stadium on the campus of UAB.
We know UAB absolutely needs its own stadium, its own arena,” said Griffith during a press conference at Linn Park to push for his education lottery plan. “We now know UAB has become a central focus and huge asset to Alabama. Not only is this medical community world class, but as UAB grows into its own we can see it becoming world class as well and it needs its own arena.”
So, your education lottery is now a stadium-building lottery?
“It would be for multi-use venues – much like the dome in New Orleans,” Griffith said. “Many things happen there whether it’s the Final Four, NFL football or a high school playoff. All of these happen in a multi-use stadium.”
Let’s be clear, there will be no Final Four or NFL team.
HS playoffs? Sure and the hundreds of fans that might bring.
And to cap off this garbage Griffith targets both of the state’s rabid fanbases…
Griffith said he knows UA trustees may pose a problem but he said “I will use my powers of persuasion to let them know that Birmingham is no longer a stepchild to Tuscaloosa or to Auburn.”
Now maybe Griffith was just pandering in Birmingham, and didn’t mean to pay for this with a lottery…
Such a stadium would likely cost hundreds of millions of dollars, Griffith acknowledged.
“It’s a huge expense. It will be a private-public partnership. We will figure it out.” Griffith said.
Oh, that’s a good plan.
Griffith 2014: We will figure it out!