By Steve Harrison  –  Staff Writer, WFAE 90.7

City of Charlotte staff Monday night recommended an e-sports, concert venue and outdoor soccer complex for a nearly 30-acre site at the old Eastland Mall.

But a number of City Council members pushed back against that recommendation — in unusually strong terms.

While Crosland Southeast is developing most of the site with residences and offices, the city still has two competing finalists for a tract on the east side of the old mall site. A team of evaluators from the city, county and Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority gave QC East, the e-sports and amphitheater proposal, 70 out of 100 possible points.

The other proposal — an indoor amateur sports complex — got 59 points. One reason for the lower score is that two members of the private development team that would build that complex recently dropped out.

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