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Racing to build Vegas' next venue

  • Race is on to build Las Vegas' next big crowd pleaser

    Race is on to build Las Vegas’ next big crowd pleaser

    July 15, 2012

    Developers on four fronts are maneuvering to start construction on what will be Las Vegas’ next big crowd pleaser. It may be a sports arena downtown. It may be an arena rising alongside the Strip behind Harrah’s and Imperial Palace. It could well be a 50,000-seat, enclosed stadium at UNLV. Or it could be an arena in Henderson.

  • Artist rendering of the proposed downtown/Cordish arena.

    Mayor hangs onto her NBA dream: If you build it, they will come

    July 15, 2012

    Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman has a perfect view of Las Vegas’ future. A balcony adjacent to Goodman’s seventh-floor office at City Hall yields a panoramic view of Symphony Park, where a proposed downtown arena could be constructed to highlight the 61-acre city neighborhood.

  • REI Neon had an elaborate $10.5 billion scope that included an arena, hotel, casino and residential area with a retail and entertainment district that it unveiled in 2008. The project never got off the ground.

    Las Vegas’ history filled with failed stadium, arena projects

    July 15, 2012

    Arena and stadium proposals being promoted for the Las Vegas Valley must overcome a long history and a barren wasteland littered with failed projects.

  • Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley Jr.'s WBO welterweight title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, June 9, 2012. Bradley won a controversial split decision in the 12-round bout and is now 29-0.

    Operators of existing venues say they welcome new competition

    July 15, 2012

    A Clark County study released two years ago found that the five arenas operating in Las Vegas were underutilized.

  • UNLV head coach Bobby Hauck talks with Athletic Director Jim Livengood following their game against Wisconsin Saturday, September 4, 2010 at Sam Boyd Stadium. Wisconsin won the game 41-21.

    Rebels AD envisions transformed game days with on-campus stadium

    July 15, 2012

    The prospects of an on-campus, domed football stadium at UNLV have created an buzz throughout the community since plans were announced about 18 months ago.

  • The Minneapolis skyline is visible in the left background Tuesday, June 16, 2009 as Minnesota Associated Press sports editors, writers and broadcasters toured the new on-campus TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis where the Golden Gophers will play the first football game there Sept. 12 against Air Force.

    At Minnesota, new on-campus stadium proves a ‘game-changer’

    July 15, 2012

    For 25 years, students at the University of Minnesota boarded shuttle buses on football game days.

  •  The proposed Silver State Arena may never happen.

    Expert says look for final cost of new stadium or arena to exceed sticker price

    July 15, 2012

    With price tags ranging from hundreds of millions of dollars to upwards of $2 billion, the costs of building any of several proposed stadium projects in the Las Vegas Valley will be staggering. But even the high sticker prices aren’t likely to account for all the costs of building a such a facility, said Daniel Rascher, president of the consulting firm SportsEconomics.

  • Artist rendering of the proposed UNLV Now project.

    Ticket holders, tourists, taxpayers all play part in paying for new arenas

    July 15, 2012

    When it comes to sports facilities, it’s easy to say you want a new one. Whether it’s an arena, stadium or something in between, as soon as the latest and greatest venue opens in some other town, you begin to see the flaws in what you have and dream of the potential in something sparkling new. That’s where Las Vegas currently sits, on the cusp of building a new facility to potentially broaden the city’s horizons. And there are plenty of options from which to choose.

  • Artist rendering of the proposed UNLV Now project.

    At a glance: UNLV Now

    July 15, 2012

    The heart of the UNLV Now plan is a 50,000-seat domed stadium (or “mega-event center”), expandable to 55,000 seats, on the campus of UNLV. Also included in the project would be thousands of living units — described once as mini resorts — for UNLV students and faculty, and a retail area.

  • Artist rendering of the proposed Las Vegas Arena Foundation project.

    At a glance: Las Vegas Arena Foundation

    July 15, 2012

    The Las Vegas Arena Foundation (LVAF) is proposing a 20,000-seat indoor arena to be built on the Strip on land owned by Caesars Entertainment behind Imperial Palace. The facility would be suitable for an NBA or NHL franchise, as well as other events such as concerts or the National Finals Rodeo, which has been at the Thomas & Mack Center since 1985. LVAF is planning to fund the $500 million project by implementing a 0.9 percent sales tax for specified businesses within a three-mile radius of the proposed location.

  • Artist rendering of the proposed Las Vegas National Sports Complex in Henderson.

    At a glance: Las Vegas National Sports Complex (Henderson)

    July 15, 2012

    The Las Vegas National Sports Complex is a proposed multibillion-dollar, four-stadium project that would be built on 485 acres east of Interstate 15, just northeast of M Resort, in Henderson. Developers envision the project growing to include a 17,500-seat indoor arena, a 25,000-seat open-air stadium, a 63,500-seat domed stadium and a baseball stadium, but they are currently focusing on building only the indoor arena, at a cost of $650 million.

  • Artist rendering of the proposed downtown/Cordish arena.

    At a glance: Downtown arena

    July 15, 2012

    Las Vegas officials envision a $400 million downtown arena with about 20,000 seats, large enough to house an NBA team, with additional retail throughout. It would go on the northeastern edge of Symphony Park, close to the Smith Center for the Performing Arts.

  • UNLV President Neal Smatresk listens the national anthem during the Premier UNLV event, an annual campus tradition that kicks off the fall semester in Las Vegas, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011.

    UNLV president: On-campus stadium looking like a reality, could be filled with more events than UNLV football

    July 8, 2012

    UNLV President Neal Smatresk is happy to point out that he’s a scientist by trade, not a stadium builder. This is new territory for him, something he’s had to learn on the fly as the UNLV Now project — a mega-events center including a stadium and retail district — moves forward with haste.

  • For a new stadium

    July 15, 2012

    There are four proposals in the works for major sports venues in the Las Vegas Valley, and for long-time residents, this may induce a sense of deja vu — or a visceral reaction.

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