The New York Jets and supporters of a football stadium and convention facility the team wants on Manhattan’s West Side said they are looking at options to still build it, including revisions in the plan to circumvent the state legislative leaders who oppose it.
“It could be done, and I would carry the ball in the Council to get it done,” said City Council Finance Committee Chairman David Weprin. “A majority of the Council now supports the stadium, and as long as the facility continued to provide enough revenue to make financial sense for the city, our members would support it.”
One proposal calls for eliminating the need for state financing by replacing the stadium’s planned retractable roof with a less-expensive fixed dome. Winning approval of a revised project would take at least six months, said Weprin — well beyond the date that the International Olympic Committee is to choose a host for the 2012 Games.
The city’s Olympic hopes were set back two days ago when a plan for a $2.2 billion stadium was vetoed by assembly speaker Sheldon Silver and State Senate majority leader Joseph Bruno. Jets vice president Matthew Higgins said the football team hasn’t given up on building a stadium over rail yards near the Hudson River.