PHOENIX-A study released the day before voters in metropolitan Phoenix decide whether to fund a $331-million professional football stadium shows that one of the potential sites in the West Valley would cost half as much as the others.

Building the Arizona Cardinals football stadium in the West Valley would cost as much as $56 million in infrastructure investment, half as much as the estimated amount to build the infrastructure for a stadium on parcels in the East Valley. This feasibility study, conducted by Ernst & Young, was funded by a coalition of 11 West Valley cities.

“There is no doubt in my mind we have the best possible location,” says Peoria Mayor John Keegan. The coalition of West Valley cities has offered up a 173-acre site at 99th Avenue and Thomas Road. The most significant savings for the West Valley site is a result of the donation of 40 acres by a John F. Long, a West Valley home builder.

A proposed site in the East Valley, along the border between suburbs Tempe and Mesa, would require an infrastructure investment of $122 million, according to Ernst & Young, which also conducted a feasibility study for that site. The 108-acre site is at the southeast corner of Loop 202 and Loop 101.

The fight over where to place the stadium will begin in earnest if voters on Tuesday approve a proposal to fund its construction. The $331 million needed to fund construction of the stadium would come from an increase in sales taxes on rental cars and hotel rooms and approximately $85 million from the Arizona Cardinals, the main tenants of the proposed, 73,000-seat stadium.

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