Local leaders were hoping to move forward Monday with a plan to build an NFL stadium in Las Vegas. The stadium will potentially house the Raiders if they move to Las Vegas from Oakland.
The State Committee in charge of developing a plan met Monday morning. Top brass from the Raiders and the Sands Corp. were at the meeting as nine potential stadium sites were outlined in a power point presentation.
The list of possible sites was previously at four. Some of the locations pitched to the committee consisted of Russell Road, the Wynn Golf Course, the Old Wet-N-Wild site, MGM’s Rock in Rio location and Cashman Field. Not one of these sites was nailed in stone Monday.
UNLV’s Tropicana site, an early front-runner, was all but crossed off the list Monday, The reason? It’s adjacent to a heavily used runway at McCarran.
According to Commissioner Steve Sisolak, the Raiders remain committed to moving to Las Vegas, but only if a stadium is built.
City and county leaders say they’re feeling a certain amount of pressure to get moving on locking in a location for the stadium. The committee expects to narrow the list to two or three sites fairly soon.
“Some of the sites just aren’t too close to the Strip, and we need to say look this is disqualified for this reason or that reason, said Sisolak. “I think we are trying to keep everybody happy and include all the sites in here when it’s really not realistic to keep including them.”
When it comes to a stadium location, this is what the committee is looking to obtain:
- 50 acres on or near the Las Vegas Strip
- I-15 or Beltway access
- Walking distance to hotel rooms
- Close distance to the monorail
Raiders fans and local construction workers say they don’t care about the location; they just want the stadium built.
“We depend on the construction of this industry,” said Eddie Ramirez, Union Rep. Local 872. “This would create approximately 6,000 new jobs over the next three years, so we’re looking forward to that.”
Raiders owner Mark Davis says he wants a domed stadium that seats at least 6,5000 people. Committee members were informed it will cost between $1.7 and $2.1 billion.
“Were worried about the $2.1 billion,” said Craig Cavileer, Majestic Realty. “We want to keep this down as low as possible.”
Members of the Raiders and the Sands Corp. want to move quickly, so they hope a decision will be made on a site for the potential stadium within 30 days.
“What we need is a package in place so that there is a financial package approved by the legislature in time for the January meeting of NFL owners, so they can vote to move the Raiders to Las Vegas, Nevada,” said Andy Abboud, Sands Corp.
$750 million of the stadium’s cost would have to come from public dollars.
The committee needs to select a site in the next few months.