The Domed Stadium Update

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The proposed 60,000 seat Las Vegas domed stadium keeps inching closer to reality.  Today, the Oakland Raiders submitted a proposed stadium lease agreement to the Las Vegas Stadium Authority ( the new governing board for the stadium) that calls for the team to pay rent of only $1 per year.

The Raiders President Marc Badain said the team is now focused on building the domed stadium on 62 acres between Russell Road and Hacienda Avenue between Polaris Avenue and Dean Martin Drive.  That is just west of Interstate 15 and the Mandalay Bay resort.

To give you a better idea of where exactly this is, I included a short video showing the land.  The land sits empty but the surrounding area is mostly warehouses and low-rise office buildings.  Many of them will probably be cleared to make more room for parking and other amenities.

The other location originally proposed was right across from the “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign and the end of one of the major runways at McCarren International Airport.  That location is currently a golf course and came with a lot of political strings attached.  Not to mention part of the land sits in the safety zone for the runways, meaning no building or very low structures.

The location now being looked at is not ideal but fits the needs and desires of the stadium.  It’s close to the Las Vegas Strip.  Close to the University of Nevada-Las Vegas (UNLV) campus for the college football team and fans and is close to the Interstate highway.

2017 New year’s Eve Road Closure Update

New Years 2017 Las Vegas Road Closures

New Year’s Eve afternoon, that one time of the year where you can actually walk down the famous Strip and not worry about getting hit by some crazed taxicab or an absent-minded Uber driver!  Security shuts it down, fences off the resorts and opens the street to people crazy enough to brave the cold, the crazies and the noise.  New Year’s Eve in Vegas is unlike any other place at any other time.

To make that all happen, Metro released an updated schedule of road closures and re-opening times.  All times are approximate and subject to change!

DOWNTOWN/FREMONT STREET EXPERIENCE

4 p.m. – The Fremont Street Experience will be closed to the public.
6 p.m. – The Fremont Street Experience gates open for entertainment.

LAS VEGAS BOULEVARD (STRIP) CLOSURE INFORMATION
NOTE: Throughout the evening, East-West travel on Sahara Avenue, Mandalay Bay Road, Desert Inn Road, Frank Sinatra Drive, Koval Lane, Russell Road, US95 and I-215 will remain unrestricted. Harmon Avenue/Bridge will be limited to vehicle traffic from the West leading to City Center to hotels guests only. Vehicle traffic on Harmon Avenue, East of Las Vegas Boulevard, will be limited to hotel properties. Below is a schedule of the anticipated road closures and re-openings: 5 p.m. — Closing of off-ramps from I-15 onto eastbound Tropicana Avenue, Flamingo

Harmon Avenue/Bridge will be limited to vehicle traffic from the West leading to City Center to hotels guests only. Vehicle traffic on Harmon Avenue, East of Las Vegas Boulevard, will be limited to hotel properties. Below is a schedule of the anticipated road closures and re-openings: 5 p.m. — Closing of off-ramps from I-15 onto eastbound Tropicana Avenue, Flamingo

Schedule of the anticipated road closures and re-openings:

5 p.m. — Closing of off-ramps from I-15 onto eastbound Tropicana Avenue, Flamingo Road and Spring Mountain Road by NHP/NDOT begins.
5:45 p.m. — The closing of all other streets, roads and alleys leading Westbound onto Las Vegas Boulevard between Sahara Avenue and Mandalay Bay Road from Koval Lane will begin.

6 p.m. — All streets, roads and alleys leading onto Las Vegas Boulevard between Sahara Avenue and Mandalay Bay Road will be closed with all barricades in place.

6:15 p.m. — LVMPD Traffic Officers begin clearing all vehicular traffic off Las Vegas Boulevard between Sahara Avenue and Mandalay Bay Road.

6:45 p.m. — Las Vegas Boulevard along with all inbound roads leading onto Las Vegas Boulevard are fully closed to vehicle traffic.

6:45 p.m. — All moving walkways, elevators and escalators leading to or crossing Las Vegas Boulevard will be shut off. Approximately

6:45 p.m. — Las Vegas Boulevard fully opens to pedestrian traffic.

12 a.m. to 12:15 a.m. — Fireworks show takes place on the Strip and Fremont Street.

LAS VEGAS BOULEVARD (STRIP) RE-OPENING INFORMATION

Approximately 12:15 a.m. — All moving walkways, elevators and escalators leading to or crossing Las Vegas Boulevard will resume operation.

Approximately 1:30 a.m. — All celebrations normally subside. Barricade removal begins.

Approximately 2 a.m. — Street sweepers begin clean up, working from South to North.

Approximately 3:30 a.m. – Reopening of off-ramps from I-15 onto Eastbound Tropicana Avenue, Flamingo Road and Spring Mountain Road by NHP/NDOT begins.

All other streets, roads and alleys leading onto Las Vegas Boulevard between Sahara Avenue and Russell Road will begin re-opening.

NOTE: Road closure times are approximate and subject to change without notice

 

Update: See the video of the New Year’s Eve Fireworks from the top of Trump Tower on YouTube

Vegas Hockey Trademark Rejected

Bill Foley, the owner fo the Vegas NHL team, kept saying the reason he was delaying releasing the name of the team was that he had to cross all the “T’s” and dot all the” i’s” to make sure he owned the name he wanted.  Looks like he forgot to cross the one important “T”.  That would be the Trademark office!

According to news reports, the Vegas Golden Knights’ trademark request was denied by the United States Patent and Trademark Office on Wednesday because of a “likelihood of confusion”  with another trademark.  The College of Saint Rose is a school  in Albany, New York, uses the Golden Knights nickname as well.

The name and the logo has been in dispute with fans and foes alike since it was first unveiled in a ceremony on November 22.  Many saying it’s not what they expected for a Las Vegas professional sports team.  A town built on excitement, flash and neon deserves a name & logo that befits that image. Not one that looks like it belongs with the Knights of the Roundtable!!

The “Vegas GoldenKnights” or whatever they end up being named, begin play in the 2017/2018 Season and will play their home games at the T-Mobile Arena(That we do know is true!)

Photo: Tom Donoghue

Vegas Hockey Team Gets Named on Tuesday

The Las Vegas NHL team that has yet to have a name will finally have a name this coming Tuesday.  They just won’t have any team jerseys for their fans to buy and wear.  But the team will finally have a name! Hallelujah, Amen and About Dang Time!

This is such a big deal, the NHL will stream it live on the NHL Network and on NHL.com.  It all starts at 5:30 pm at Toshiba Plaza in front of the T-Mobile Arena with the name being announced at 6:00 pm.  The event will be free to attend and parking will be free for all in the New York-New York parking garage.

After the announcement, T-Mobile Arena will be opened for fans to tour and the 16,000 Season ticket-holders will be able to sit in their chosen seats. Team representatives will also be on hand to answer any questions and resolve any potential issues fans may have with their seat selections.

Team and NHL merchandise will also be available in the team shop at T-Mobile Arena.  Unless you want the team jerseys to wear in the Las Vegas winter, those won’t be available until spring. Go figure!

  • The team will play in the 2017-2018 season
  • The T-Mobile Arena can seat 17,368 for hockey

 

I loved attending the Frozen Fury last month at T-Mobile, it’s a perfect venue for the team and the fans.  The first drop of the puck on the new ice is still a year away, and we now will have a team name to cheer for and get excited for.

So I hope now that he got his ego satisfied with a team name that he likes, maybe he can stop listening to the NHL marketing people and put together a Las Vegas based marketing team.  Then turn his management people loose to get everything moving in the right direction.  The last thing Las Vegas needs is another failed sporting experiment.

Your Thoughts??

 

Sandoval to sign amended Raiders stadium bill passed by Nevada Senate

It’s not the best deal, but its now a done deal.  Las Vegas, one of the largest metropolitan cities in the world and in the United States without a major-league sports franchise, can heave a sigh of relief as Gov. Brian Sandoval will on Monday in Las Vegas, sign a bill that will see NFL’s Oakland Raiders moving down to the Las Vegas strip into a new stadium which would be home to them and the UNLV Rebel football team, after a majority of Nevada lawmakers passed the Senate Bill 1 on Friday.

The bill which was passed as soon as it addressed most of the concerns raised by some of the lawmakers, seeks to increase Clark County’s hotel room taxes by a half-point which would help raise $1.4 billion for the Las Vegas Convention Center and $1.9 billion that would be used to fund the building of the 65,000-seat domed stadium through a 0.88 points increase in tax. The bill also includes amendments that saw an increase in the number of Stadium Authority Board from seven to nine, and stipulated that the cost UNLV would incur for using the stadium would be simply “actual operational costs.”

In his words, Gov. Sandoval said “Nevada has a past unlike any other state, but it is the ability to write a new narrative and redefine our state’s image that makes us so unique and so capable of innovating once again through the new Nevada. This is the beginning of the next chapter of southern Nevada’s continued dominance in tourism, conventions, and hospitality, and presents an exciting opportunity for UNLV.”

The majority leader of the Assembly Paul Anderson who pushed the bill, believes that the economic benefits of the two projects would be fantastic, as there would be a competitive boost in the tourism industry, and a creation of 13,000 permanent jobs for the people of Nevada. Others who were of the same opinion with Anderson include Kristin McMillan, President and CEO of the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce as well as Speaker John Hambrick. One of the representatives of the Las Vegas Sands Corp. Andy Abboud reportedly said that Adelson was pleased with the project.

If three-fourth of the NFL team owners’ approve of the relocation, Mark Davis, owner of Oakland Raiders pledged the sum of $500million to the project, while $750million would come from bonds of the tax increase and Las Vegas Sands Corp. Chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson would dole out $650million.

NFL owners are scheduled to meet October 18 in Houston, but it’s believed Mark Davis won’t make his pitch to them until all the owners meet in January, around the time of Super Bowl LI

Issues have, however, arisen and there are speculations that the Raiders may not move to Nevada if they aren’t sorted out although analysts have concluded that the issues – one of which is the already planned road projects estimated at $900 million – don’t have any fiscal impact on the stadium.

UNLV may be left with an option of raising $200million in private donations in two years in other to access a $300million dollar fund that would be used to build a smaller stadium for them if the Raider’s don’t come back – that is unlikely to happen – given the current support they have been receiving.

A major downside to the stadium proposal however, is that even though it would be owned by the public, profits would end up in the coffers of the private investors.

Photo: Courtesy of MANICA Architecture