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Plan to sell stadium to Wal-Mart draws opposition

PEORIA (AP) — Some residents of Peoria are upset about a plan to sell a high school football stadium and nearby softball fields to Wal-Mart.

The Journal Star in Peoria reports (http://bit.ly/18XhR1C ) about 100 people attended a meeting to oppose the possible sale of Peoria Stadium.

Peoria Public Schools officials say the district needs up to $2.3 million to repair the 7,000-seat stadium. And the district says the two high schools that now use it average fewer than 1,000 fans a game and generate very little revenue.

The local park district has said replacing softball fields along with other recreational sites it now uses at the stadium would cost $5 million.

But an attorney for Wal-Mart has proposed letting the softball fields remain part of the site alongside a store.

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