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UNLV In Talks To Build Domed Stadium For Football, Other Events

UNLV's football team would move from Sam Boyd Stadium to new venue
UNLV officials are "in discussions to build a domed 40,000-seat stadium and entertainment complex on and around its campus while also upgrading the Thomas & Mack Center," according to Anderson & Choate of the LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL. UNLV President Neal Smatresk in a statement yesterday said he has been in talks with Majestic Realty Chair & CEO Ed Roski and Silverton Casino President Craig Cavileer, "a longtime business associate of Roski," to form a "public-private partnership." Cavileer "would not discuss details but said he and Roski may make a formal announcement by week's end." He added that the development "will be 'much more' than just a stadium." Smatresk said the school "long has been interested in bringing UNLV football to the main campus and in updating the Thomas & Mack Center." Smatresk: "This will allow us to build on our success, bring more visitors to Las Vegas, and retain the events that place the Thomas & Mack among the top grossing college arenas in the world." Where the new complex would be placed is "uncertain, though Smatresk said it would be convenient to the Strip and McCarran International Airport." A source said that "most of it is expected to be on UNLV property." Sources said that the talks "include building an indoor stadium similar in size to the Rebels' current football home at Sam Boyd Stadium." What would "become of Sam Boyd, built in 1971 as the Silver Bowl, is uncertain." Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak said that a domed stadium "near campus would be good for fans, players and UNLV athletics." Anderson & Choate note the proposed stadium is "expected to house more than UNLV football." It also "could handle basketball games and special events such as the National Finals Rodeo ... and potential Pac-12 Conference Championship should Las Vegas ever be awarded that football game." Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman said that he "didn't know if a stadium near UNLV would hurt his plan of having a pro hockey or basketball team in a downtown arena" (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 1/20).
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