Originally I am from Indianapolis IN, where I have seen both successful and unsuccessful indoor stadium projects at work for a relatively smaller metro area.
Metro Indianapolis is almost twice the size now at 1.2 million and counting of what it was back in April 1984 when they opened the Hoosier Dome, as it was known and always will be known to locals, though now it exists no longer in favour of the pricey Lucas Oil Stadium. :roll:
The rationale for a domed or indoor facility for smaller metro area was way back then, and still now, sounder financially from the start because indoor facilities accomodate more financing due to higher event use of such a facility and more potential to generate revenue. Many folks like me of course dread watching any kind of football in an indoor facility lest it happens to be raining. In the Hoosier Dome the experience in the stands was akin to that of sitting in a shopping mall until its later years when Manning began to thrive at the highest level. :roll:
And certainly though in the US like back then and recently, of course as you mention with the comments already Yukoner there will be rampant debate about how such a facility is funded and also many disgruntled fans who will clamour for another outdoor stadium. :roll:
"It ain't easy" and many won't be happy no matter what is done, but I do hope it gets done. :thup: