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August 31, 2014

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Firm gets $325,000 to study proposed UNLV stadium

TImeline

  • Here is CSL’s timeframe for the project:
  • By late February: CSL will conduct reviews of past UNLV stadium research and conduct local market surveys.
  • By late March: CSL will determine facility needs and amenities.
  • By late April: CSL will come up with an estimated building cost.
  • By late June: CSL will recommend a funding model and make an overall assessment of the stadium’s feasibility.
  • By July 24: CSL plans to deliver a draft report for the stadium authority board to review.
  • By Sept. 25: CSL will submit a final draft for board members to submit to the Legislature.

CARSON CITY — The state Board of Examiners today approved a $325,000 contract for a consulting firm to study building an on-campus stadium at UNLV.

The Campus Improvement Authority Board has selected Conventions, Sports and Leisure International to prepare a report by Sept. 25 outlining the need for and feasibility of a football stadium.

Don Snyder, chairman of the Campus Improvement Authority Board, told the Board of Examiners that the company has been in business for 15 years and has conducted many similar studies. He called the firm the “gold standard” in the field.

Snyder said the 2013 Legislature created the 11-member Campus Improvement Authority Board, which will submit its recommendations to the 2015 Legislature.

The money for the study comes from a bond issue approved by the Legislature for improvements to the Thomas & Mack Center. The bond will be paid off from proceeds of the slot-machine tax.

CSL International – a Plano, Texas-based stadium planning and management firm – is a subsidiary of Legends, a sports management company whose clients include the Dallas Cowboys and New York Yankees. CSL International says it has conducted more than 1,000 feasibility studies for professional and collegiate stadiums across the country, helping plan or manage 75 percent of all major stadiums in the country over the past 15 years.

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