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August 1, 2014

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80,000-seat football stadium on mayor’s wish list

Beyond the Sun

Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman floated a big trial balloon at this morning’s Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority meeting.

When the board of directors discussed a plan to seek proposals for a better use for the land where Cashman Center sits, Goodman shared what he wants to see: an 80,000-seat football stadium that would permanently house the National Football League’s Super Bowl and all Monday Night Football games.

“I thought I’d throw this out and let people chew on it,” Goodman said after describing the plan.

The mayor acknowledged that Las Vegas doesn’t have the best relationship with the NFL, considering the league’s stance on gambling and ban on the use of the words “Super Bowl” to market parties in casinos.

Goodman said capturing the Monday Night Football market would be good for Las Vegas because it could draw thousands of fans from different cities for extended stays in the city. He feels having a single venue for Monday-night games would be beneficial to the league on a number of logistical fronts and playing host to the Super Bowl would enable the league to take advantage of the city’s massive hotel room inventory.

“Believe me,” Goodman said, “they need us more than we need them.”

The LVCVA board also voted to extend the contract of the Skancke Co. Ltd. to lobby on transportation issues.

Skancke told the board that two of the new issues his firm will work on are upgrading U.S. 93 between Las Vegas and Phoenix to interstate highway standards and monitoring progress on the development of train service between Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

Skancke said Interstate 11, as the U.S. 93 upgrade project has been dubbed, would eventually be built six lanes wide with right-of-way for a rail corridor. The LA-Las Vegas train study would include magnetic-levitation technology and proposals by Amtrak for conventional rail.

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