The Jefferson Parish (La.) Council yesterday “adopted a modified version” of its spending plan for $84M in federal pandemic stimulus funds, "putting more toward the planned reconfiguration of The Shrine on Airline and renovating the Alario Center," according to Chad Calder of New Orleans ADVOCATE. The council “bumped the amount for the two major projects" from $15M to $20M -- $15M for the baseball complex, and $5M for the Alario Center in Westwego. Council member Scott Walker said that after initial discussions it was decided that "more money was needed to address the issues at both facilities." He added that converting the Shrine on Airline from a stadium "built for minor league baseball to one that can also host concerts, football and soccer games, and New Orleans Saints scrimmages" will have a "major impact on the area around it.” A redesigned Shrine “could help the area attract a minor league soccer team as well.” The work at the stadium is “expected to cost more than $15 million,” but officials recently said that they "hope to get additional money from the state for the project” (New Orleans ADVOCATE, 5/25).
The Shrine on Airline is being converted from a mere minor-league ballpark to a host site for concerts, football, soccer games and Saints scrimmagesTHE SHRINE ON AIRLINE