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Talks on Peoria Stadium's future continue

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PEORIA, Ill. (WEEK) -- -

The future of Peoria Stadium was discussed again this morning.

A group of five people are asking Peoria Public Schools to donate the stadium site to a non-for-profit in order to turn it into a modernized sports facility.

It would potentially replace the current field with artificial turf and a new track -- cutting costs and making it available throughout the year.

The stadium currently needs about three million dollars in repairs.

Supporters of the idea say it will draw huge sporting events to the area. Organizers will now have to produce a feasibility study for the school district, estimating the cost and potential revenue.

"We are going to do a thoughtful due diligence and get designs of the structure. We'll show that to builders to get accurate pricing," said Adam White, owner of Running Central and one of the organizers backing the proposal.

"The land is valuable both to public schools and as a green space. We feel compelled to make sure it's an equitable agreement,” said PPS board member Dan Adler.

"We are going to do a thoughtful due diligence and get designs of the structure. we'll show that to builders to get accurate pricing," said Adler.

A re-build of this magnitude is estimated to cost up to $20 million.

If the plan goes through it could still be another 2 to 3 years before they break ground.

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