Former Runnin' Rebel Jackie Robinson Announces Las Vegas Arena - 8 News NOW

Former Runnin' Rebel Jackie Robinson Announces Arena

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Jackie Robinson talks with 8 News NOW reporter Aaron Drawhorn. Jackie Robinson talks with 8 News NOW reporter Aaron Drawhorn.

LAS VEGAS -- Former Runnin' Rebel and NBA player Jackie Robinson plans to build an arena on the north end of the Las Vegas Strip, he announced Monday.

The $1.3 billion privately funded arena will have 22,000 seats, four levels and a retractable roof. It will be located on the Las Vegas Strip between SLS Las Vegas Hotel Casino and the Fontainebleau on the site of the former Wet 'n' Wild.

Robinson says it will create about 20,000 jobs. Over the years, there have been various proposals to build an arena in Las Vegas. Robinson says "this is not a fire drill" but the real deal. He is calling the project the All Net Arena and Resort, until an official name is determined.

"We've been working this for about five years, and now we're ready to move forward," Robinson said.

The project would include a retractable-roof arena capable of seating 22,000 for basketball. A city walk called Victory Plaza would include 300,000 feet of retail and fine dining. Robinson says his partners will build a five-star boutique hotel.

"We're ready to move forward," he said.

Eventually, Robinson wants to use his connections to score an NBA team to call Las Vegas home.

"I played here at UNLV, and I played in the NBA. And my old general manager is the head of basketball operations at the NBA, and one my closest, dearest friends is "Kiki" Vandeweghe, and he's executive vice president. It's always been a desire of mine to work on it and I've worked with these folks for a long time to try to do that here in Las Vegas."

The idea appeals to locals and tourists alike.

"I think it would be awesome for the city. I'd come back to watch the games," said Calvin Thompson vi sting from Wisconsin.

The Silver State arena was proposed to be on the same site, but it never materialized.  MGM Resorts is moving forward with its plans for an arena, and UNLV wants to build a huge stadium. 

"I do think that we're suffering from not having enough venues that can be able to bring in new opportunities from the standpoint of entertainment," Robinson said.

Clark County says it has not received any submissions for land use approval at this time. Robinson says the financing entities are lined up, and he says the planned opening is Dec. 2016.

The project will break ground in the spring of 2014.

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