Well, I guess there’s no backing out now. Las Vegas is getting a domed stadium and a National Football League team, even if we don’t need the team. Especially THAT Team!
As NFL officials, government officials and the media gathered yesterday to turn the ceremonial first spade of dirt, made it all official and real. When you see this happens, you know its real. You can almost see all the machines firing up and the work beginning. Now its real and there is no turning back. Remeber: Turning the dirt is a lot further than most projects ever get in Las Vegas.
Contrary to keyboard warriors, Las Vegas really could use a 60,000 seat domed stadium without the need for an NFL team. We have been needing one for many years. Being the convention capital of North America, we need more room to house special events, private events and expanded events currently not available to us because of the size limitations. Large outdoor events bypass Las Vegas because we don’t have a place for 60,000 people. Now we will.
When you look at Las Vegas for our conventions and events, this is where people expect it to be done bigger, better and more over the top than anywhere else. Its go big or go home. With this size of a facility, the dreamers are salivating at what they can do for their clients.
As much as I am looking forward to the new events and concerts this place will bring in, I am not looking forward to the dreads of humanity that will come across the California border claiming to be the fans of the Raider Nation. Having a continued repeat of the fiasco we had in 2007 when we hosted the NBA All-Star Game is not something I wish upon any chauffeur, dancer or Uber driver. The money MGM lost and the crime and other problems that event brought, will now be repeated 8 times a year, if not more.
Having it this close to the Las Vegas Strip will be the biggest selling point for promoters and attendees. Easy to get to from almost anywhere on the Strip. I’m not worried about traffic logistics, Vegas is famous for our ability to move people. The Monorail will be expanded further south, new lanes of traffic created and walking corridors will assist in moving the people around.
The parking situation will be handled in the usual Las Vegas style. Some white envelopes filled with dead presidents being passed out around the County Office buildings. By some miracle, the media will soon announce someone with the last name of Reid or maybe Walters (or someone with really close connections to people with that name) will get the gig to build the parking garages on land owned (surprise) by the county and leased for an amazing price of one dollar a year.
Photo by Tom Donoghue
The surprising thing about the location when you look at it is that from the ground, it doesn’t look like the stadium would or should fit on the sixty-four-acre site. But when seen it from above, courtesy of our photography friend, Tom Donoghue, you get a different perspective of it all! It has plenty of room! Not really. But it sure looks like it should. It will be a tight fit.
The fact that it will be almost diagonally across the freeway from the home of our first professional sports team, the Vegas Golden Knights, isn’t lost on anyone. The NFL said professional sports would never work here. It took the NHL and the Golden Knights to prove the skeptics wrong by being a winning combination in a “made for Vegas” structure. Having the T-Mobile arena open up has not poached any other venue in the town like some claimed would happen. Instead, like what the stadium will do, is shifting things around a little and opening up, even more opportunities for new attractions and events to come to Las Vegas to add to our already rich diversity of events, attractions and ways to separate the tourist from their money. Keeping it all within a very tight corridor of asphalt and neon in the middle of the Mojave desert!