The soccer component. Rock Ventures (owned by Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert) proposes to build a 23,000-seat soccer stadium as part of a $1.5 billion development at a downtown location.
The jail component. That development is contingent on Wayne County abandoning a plan to the finish a 2,000-bed jail at the downtown location and building a from-scratch criminal justice complex (adult and juvenile detention facilities, new criminal courthouse and sheriff's and prosecutor's offices) about 1.5 miles away. The cost of $300 million to finish the downtown jail would be credited against Rock Ventures' costs of building the brand-new facility (estimated at $520 million). Wayne County received two final construction proposals.
Evans' statement: "While both proposals remain options, I've directed my team to dedicate their time and resources toward attempting to reach a contract with Rock Ventures. The Rock Ventures proposal has more upside, less risk and a smaller financial gap than Walsh Construction's proposal. There are, however, many issues to resolve with Rock Ventures before I could recommend the approval of a contract to the County Commission and the County Building Authority."
Detroit's place in pecking order. The Detroit MLS bid was submitted by Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores and Gilbert, giving it two heavy hitters and prominent sports entrepreneurs. They will catch the attention of MLS.