DETROIT (CelebrityAccess) — Dan Gilbert, owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Arn Tellem, vice chairman of Palace Sports & Entertainment have announced plans to turn Wayne County’s unfinished jail into a new entertainment and sports complex centered around a 25,0000-seat soccer stadium.
In addition to the stadium, the proposed $1bn project would include a training facility, a podium for commerce and recreation, four towers containing hotel, residential and office space, and parking structures.
The plan would be contingent upon the county's willingness to sell the unfinished jail site to the investors. The county, which has already invested $150 million into the stalled jail project, recently rejected a $50 million bid from Gilbert, the Detroit Free Press reported.
“The stadium and the stadium location is a very important and key part of this plan,” MLS commissioner Don Garber told the Free Press.
"If you have a Plan B, it distracts from Plan A," Gilbert added. "There really is no Plan B." – Staff Writers