The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee held a special meeting Monday to discuss nine potential sites for the new Raiders football stadium.
Commissioner Steve Sisolak to local media that the Raiders remain committed to moving to Las Vegas, but only if a stadium is built. 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.
Some of the locations presented to the committee were the 139-acre site on the Wynn Golf Club, the old Wet-N-Wild 27-acre site, MGM's 35-acre Rock in Rio festival grounds location, the 50-acre Cashman Field site, 65 acres on the UNLV Thomas & Mack Center parking lot, 100 acres west on Tropicana owned by the Fertitta family, 62 acres near Mandalay Bay, and the 47-acre site of the old Riviera Hotel.
The earlier considered 42-acre site owned by UNLV at the corner of Tropicana Avenue and Koval Lane was eliminated due to its proximity to a runway at McCarran Filed. No sites were chosen during the meeting but city and county leaders said they are feeling pressure to lock in a location soon. Members of the Raiders and the Sands Corporation want a site decision for the $1.7 to $2.1 billion project within 30 days.
The Las Vegas committee wants the potential stadium site to include:
- 50 acres on or near the Strip
- I-15 or Beltway access
- Walking distance to hotels
- Location close to the Las Vegas monorail
Raiders owner Mark Davis wants a 65,000 seat, retractable domed stadium with natural grass. Construction workers and fans just want to get the stadium built. Eddie Ramirez, union representative with Local 872 said the stadium build would create about 6,000 new jobs over the next three years.
The committee was supposed to disband at the end of July but asked Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval for two more months. The stadium project needs to be firmed up before NFL owners meet in January to approve moving the team from Oakland.
Source: LasVegasNow.com; LasVegas Review-Journal