Controversial vote may open SAISD to legal action
Alamo Stadium renovation could trigger lawsuits
SAN ANTONIO - A controversial vote by the San Antonio Independent School District Board of Trustees to convert Alamo Stadium to a pro-style soccer venue has opponents considering legal options.
Bebb Francis, who represents the River Road Homeowners' Association, said he has been monitoring the progress of the stadium proposals, and preparing for the eventuality of a court battle.
"What happened last night (Monday) really sets the stage for potential litigation," said Francis.
At issue, Francis said, is a deed restriction put in place as part of the settlement of a 1939 lawsuit, that prohibits Alamo Stadium from being used "for any private profit or for any private purpose," which would not allow a professional soccer team to sell tickets to games.
Sally Buchanan, an SAISD taxpayer who successfully fought professional sports at Alamo Stadium in the 1980s, said Monday's vote was outrageous and amounted to a bait-and-switch for taxpayers that voted for the bond to renovate the stadium.
"We're going to be looking at all the options and pressing the public entities hard to make a right decision," Buchanan said.
Leo Gomez, who represents the San Antonio Spurs Entertainment group said the Spurs remain interested in fielding a soccer team at Alamo Stadium, and said he believes the deed restriction can be worked around.
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