Where to Play NBA Basketball in Las Vegas?

I’m sure you heard the “news” – Another professional sports team wants to come to Las Vegas.  Yes, again!  This time are hearing this kind of rumor is regarding the NBA (National Basketball Association). We all are hearing news about NBA coming to Las Vegas and want to confirm its credibility. Media keep prompting at an announcement next week because Las Vegas is considered a frontrunner for NBA expansion, and we can expect to have great news from NBA (?).

 


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For now, I can tell you about the nba.nbcsports.com news with title Jay Bloom reportedly lined up an ownership group to bring NBA expansion to Las Vegas.

What Does Will NBA Team Do?

Some questions always raised when talking about “IF” the NBA gave us a team, where would they play? Where would their area be located?

Would they do what the NHL (National Hockey League) did with the Vegas Golden Knights hockey team and use a facility already opened? T-Mobile Arena.  Or would they be like the NFL Raiders and demand an arena of their own?

First, we have to contend that the NBA is losing fans in a quick and uncontrolled manner. They have openly joined forces with the left-wing militant group, BLM (Black Lives Matter), and that has caused monied fans and some critical corporate supporters to exit fast. They need them to come back in order to be profitable long term.

If the NBA authorities act wisely and do not involve in politics, they surely will have a considerable fan base in few years. Again, the word “IF” comes into play

The NBA’s Place to Play

Not really surprising to those of us who live and work in Las Vegas to know of a place just ripe for a new arena.  In fact, it has been sitting vacant for the last ten years waiting for this moment.  At the north end of the las vegas Strip, next to ‘Sahara Resort’ where the ‘Old Wet-n-Wild Waterpark’ was. That park was closed over 16 years ago in 2004. It is the place where the ‘All Net Resort and Arena’ project broke down.

All Net Sports Arena?

‘All Net Sports Arena’ has been the dream and the brainchild of ex NBA player Jackie Robinson. Do not hesitate if you do not know him. I have also never heard about Jackie Robinson until the project was dreamed up.

In 2013, next to Sahara Resort, his partners purchased a location on the north end of the strip at ‘old Wet-n-Wild Waterpark.’ The site had been planned for an earlier stadium project called Silver State Arena. Later, developers left that place when they learned they would need to pay for the arena by themselves. They were not going to get taxpayer bailouts or any room tax subsidy for this project.

Presently, the ‘old Wet-n-Wild Waterpark’ land is worth 3 billion dollars. This 22-acre site on the north end of Las Vegas Boulevard will be supposed to be a multi-purpose arena with 22,000 seats, a hotel, and a shopping spot. We can’t say much about parking space yet.

Now the speculation is centering that long-mothballed Fontainebleau Las Vegas resort (aka The Drew / The Big Blue Silo) may take responsibility for the hotel and shopping part of this project, and space for the ‘arena’ will remain intact.

The news flash is the Drew project has failed, and another group of investors, including the original developer of the Fontainebleau Las Vegas, now own the resort project. The resort’s main entrance lies almost in front of the property line of the ‘All Net Arena’ site. How convenient!

It Is Las Vegas!

Remember, this is Las Vegas, and we hear rumors like this every week.  Nobody is getting their panties wet yet over this supposed announcement.  When we see the construction boots on the ground and a foundation being poured, then we start putting bets on when it will actually be completed.

Stay tuned to see if this truly happens!

Final Thoughts

Now, if you are smiling with a clenched jaw because you know more news about the NBA and its plans for Las Vegas, Please share here to spread smiles on other faces, too; we will try to stay unusually quiet.

Otherwise, Stay Tuned to see if this really happens!

Mark Anthony

Mark Anthony is The Vegas Tourist! Popular Tourism Ambassador, a frequent contributor to Las Vegas forums as well as travel media and bloggers. Loves to help people discover new things to see, do and experience while visiting Las Vegas and Beyond!

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