A new poll has found that nearly half of Angelenos support the idea of a downtown NFL stadium and that about as many don't think the project should be granted special breaks.
A survey conducted by the Center for the Study of Los Angeles found that 49% of respondents were in favor of a proposed 72,000-seat stadium, whose construction would entail the demolition and rebuilding of a portion of the Convention Center. Thirty-nine percent said they oppose the proposal, and 12% didn't answer or had no opinion.
When asked whether the developers behind the project should be granted a shorter-than-normal environmental review, 47% of respondents were opposed. In September, the Legislature approved a special legal process to fast-track challenges to the $1.4-billion project proposal.
Last week, developer Anschutz Entertainment Group released a 10,000-page draft environmental impact report on the effects of the stadium construction and Convention Center upgrade. Part of the event center upgrade would be paid for with new taxes generated from the stadium. But 47% of the poll's respondents said they do not support such a plan.