College football’s Bowl Championship Series title game between Auburn and Oregon has forced the Metro Council to change the date of an upcoming public hearing on the future of the fairgrounds.
The joint committee hearing, organized by the council’s Budget and Finance, and Codes, Fair and Farmers Market committees, had originally been scheduled for Monday, Jan. 10.
But with college football fans expected to tune in for the sport’s biggest event that night, the council has changed the public hearing time and date to 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 13. The public hearing will take place in the council chambers inside the Metro Courthouse.
However, Budget and Finance Committee chair Megan Barry sent a letter late Wednesday indicating the time could change yet again.
Those wishing to speak at the hearing are to weigh in on two competing ordinances.
One bill, sponsored by nine council members, would keep the expo center and state fair at the fairgrounds property for another year, but would go ahead with the demolition of the racetrack to make way for a 40-acre park. The other, sponsored by Councilman Duane Dominy, would essentially keep the status quo at the fairgrounds.