A survey being distributed by the backers of a proposed downtown stadium says you really do want such a venue in the heart of L.A.
The survey by Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates says 72 percent of Angelenos want to see the thing built and that 45 percent "strongly" support it.
The folks who are the most gung-ho?
Those who would be living right in the backyard of what its would-be developer, Anschutz Entertainment Group of Staples Center fame, is calling Farmers Field.
82 percent of 250 people living within a 2-mile or so radius of the project strongly support it. The survey notes that a majority of these folks (58 percent) are Latino.
The survey looked at a main sample pool of 500, which would have an error rate of 4.5 percent.
John Fairbank, founding partner of the survey firm, says:
The primary support is residents' confidence that this project will create jobs and stimulate economic growth throughout the City. More than two-thirds of residents believe the project will have a positive impact on both 'the condition of the City of Los Angeles economy' (72%) and on 'the number of good paying jobs in the City of Los Angeles' (67%). This is especially important because 78% of residents say 'the loss of local jobs is an extremely or very serious problem; the highest ranking in the City.
Farmers Field would be a $1.2-billion-plus, 72,000-seat venue built atop the old West Hall of the L.A. Convention Center, which would be replaced by the project and then some.
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AEG says no tax money would be used to build the stadium, but it is asking for more than $300 million in City Hall-backed loans that it says it would pay back.
The corporation has been trying to fast-track its stadium plans but faces a hurdle that a competing NFL venue proposal in Industry also has to deal with: The lack of an NFL team in L.A.
[Added at 3:25 p.m.]: The survey, conducted last year, was commissioned by AEG.