You can here them from the fountains of the Bellagio, lurking in the shadows of the abandoned pirate ship of the Mirage. They move with the speed of light, like the Luxor’s laser pyramid … and with a steady rumble, starting softly … Raider Nation has begun an infiltration of Las Vegas. The NFL isn’t crazy about it, but just about everyone else has their fingers crossed that the Raiders will find a new home in Sin City.
Home of 2.2 million people, the vast majority of Las Vegas residents are ready to don the silver and black, hoping to make Raider Nation proud. Vice president for government relations and community development at Las Vegas Sands Corporation, Andy Abboud stated, “It’s all anybody is talking about in Las Vegas. Everyone is so excited. This has been one of the most exciting things for the community since they won a national championship in basketball in 1990.” There are those who aren’t completely pumped up about their arrival; however, they are linked to mega corporations that stand to lose a piece of vested interest.
Sands Corporation and MGM have been at odds over the issue. While MGM prefers the allotted room tax go toward renovations for the Las Vegas Convention Center, Sands argues the additional monies be used toward the stadium.
UNLV is eager to move their football field from Sam Boyd Stadium, located approximately 20 minutes from campus in Henderson to their very own stadium and this is the answer they’ve been waiting for.
It would appear that Sin City might soon have it all. With the recent development of the T-Mobile Arena, serious talk about an NHL hockey team, and a newer redirected collegiate focus, Las Vegas could be ready for a touchdown.
9 Possible Sites for NFL in Vegas
The site is located west of Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino and I-15 with 65 acres available.
Perhaps a better location would be at just east of Wynn Las Vegas and Encore with an impressive 139 acres for the taking. With advocate Steve Wynn routing for the Raiders to make Las Vegas their new home, this spot could be perfect.
The Old Water Park
More removed than those mentioned above, the old Wet n’ Wild Water Park offers 27 acres. The location is south of SLS Hotel and Casino.
This site had been the forerunner, located at Tropicana and Koval. Close to the strip and walking distance to UNLV, there have been a few monumental wrenches thrown into the once believed perfect stadium site. Two Southwest Airlines executives wrote a letter stating their position that not only did the plans place the stadium at the end of two major runways, but also it could put airspace at risk. The FAA is looking into their claims and it appears as though the former favorite has taken a backseat to other potential sites.
There has been talk of building the stadium at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas’ campus. This would be great news to students, faculty, and alumni, but the question remains as to whether there is enough space. The stadium would be near the on-campus Thomas & Mack Center which presented most non-casino related concerts and sporting events prior to the advent of the T-Mobile Arena.
The Wild West
With over 100 acres, perhaps the Wild West Casino will be a thing of yesteryear. The site is only a stone throw from the strip and is nestled next to Interstate 15. If this location is chosen, the trucking lot will have to relocate and In-N-Out Burger should definitely look into hiring more employees.
Owned and operated by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, the former site of the Riviera hotel could be another option.
Prime real estate indeed. Located at Las Vegas Boulevard and Sahara Ave, the Rock in Rio festival hot spot could be up for grabs for the Raiders.
Located in downtown Las Vegas and a short drive from historic Fremont Experience, Cashman Center has been put on the table as another viable option. Not short on charm, it may possibly be short on space.
How do they stack up?
According to developers, the cost to build the stadium ranges from $1.45 billion to $2.1 billion. The necessary space needed to build the stadium breaks down as follows:
- A 65,000 seat dome: 50-64 acres
- The stadium: 50-64 acres
- Parking: 20-30 acres
- Circulation: 6 acres
- Plaza: 10-12 acres
At this point, it’s anybody’s guess where the new stadium will be erected, but with Raiders owner, Mark Davis on-board 100%, it’s looking like Sin City will have a new attraction. You can bet on it.