John Rogers: Now is not the time to build a dome

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - A change of heart has come for a big domed stadium supporter. State Rep. John Rogers says now is not the time to build a dome. "It's not the time for a dome. I'm for the dome but do it with public money. I've got some people coming into town, talk about private and public money, but you can't do it with public money. You can't do it," Rogers said.

Rogers does not believe the city of Birmingham can financially support a domed stadium alone. The executive director of the BJCC says tough economic times may be the best time to build the multi-million dollar dome."Construction costs and labor costs have gone down. This is beneficial for us to go forward," Jack Fields said.
On Wednesday, the BJCC board of the directors received an update from their liaison with an architectural firm designing the dome. Board members say the work is proceeding but there is growing concern if the city of Birmingham will pay for some of the work."We cannot go much farther unless we are assured of paying and being reimbursed takes place," Fields says
The Birmingham City Council may vote next week on some of the early bills if not the work may come to a halt. While the political future of Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford, another domed stadium supporter is in doubt because of his political corruption trial, board members believe the council will stick to their commitment."This is my personal opinion. I think the city council make a pledge and most of them are back," said Jefferson County Commissioner Bettye Fine Collins.