Over 100 ideas submitted to Roberts Stadium Task Force

The public has been heard on what to do with Roberts Stadium.

Wednesday night, the stadium Task Force hosted its last information gathering session.

The three meetings gave people like resident Eric Daugherty a chance to make their pitch for Roberts.

Daugherty's is a motor sports park.

"If you look on the map, we are right in the center of a lot of major cities," Daugherty says.

Jay Putty's idea is an extreme sports complex for youth.

"We would love to work with the Boys and Girls Club, United Way, all these other groups that really promote unity of the youth and the whole community itself to really give back to something bigger and better," Putty said.

Daugherty and Putty's ideas were two of more than 100 submitted.

"I'm frankly surprised at how many ideas we've gotten, but even more surprised at the amount of preparation the people have put into their presentations," said Task Force Chair Larry Steenberg.

The Task Force now has until the end of March to research each idea and to submit a report to the mayor.

Some that came Wednesday night didn't come with an idea, but an opinion.

"If the decision to keep it doesn't pay off in three years, no questions asked, we just tear the darn thing down," said resident Charles Powers.

Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke says with Roberts Stadium costing taxpayers more than $300,000 a year just sitting there, a decision on what to do needs to be made quickly.

Eric Daugherty hopes he's the one to put spectators back into the stadium.

"The only thing we have to do is come out and set up and we're ready to go," Daugherty noted.

You still can submit ideas online by clicking here.

Task Force members say they plan to hold another meeting once they have all ideas are organized and start their research.

A date has not been set for that yet, but we will keep you updated.

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