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A newly formed consortium has proposed a $1.57B Las Vegas National Sports Center than includes "a 17,500-seat arena for basketball and hockey, a 9,000-seat partially enclosed baseball stadium and a 50,000-seat partially enclosed football stadium," according to Richard Velotta of the LAS VEGAS SUN. The proposed development, from Int'l Development Management, the Romani Group and Turner Construction, "would be located in downtown Las Vegas on 70 acres northeast of the World Market Center." It is "dependent on having professional sports tenants," and IDM said that the venues "would be privately financed and no new taxes or tax redirections would be necessary to build them." The baseball and football stadiums could "be expanded to 36,000 and 75,000 seats, respectively," to host MLB and the NFL. The investment group said that it would "seek lease agreements with UNLV to allow the school’s football, basketball and baseball teams to play in the facilities for $1 a year to provide a new downtown home for Rebel sports." Velotta notes the proposal challenges an "on-campus domed stadium plan announced last week by Majestic Realty," and has surfaced just "days before the Board of Regents are scheduled to conduct a special meeting on the domed stadium." IDM's report "criticizes several aspects" of Majestic Realty's UNLV Now plan, including that UNLV "could sign an exclusive negotiating agreement with Majestic without a competitive bid process" (LAS VEGAS SUN, 2/8).
Duke Univ. SID Art Chase indicated that the school is in the "planning stages of an ambitious $100 million upgrade to Wallace Wade Stadium and Cameron Indoor Stadium," according to Steve Wiseman of the Durham HERALD-SUN. Chase said that the plan "would expand Wallace Wade Stadium to 43,500 seats in addition to adding a new press box, 24 suites and 700 to 800 club seats." The stadium's current capacity is 33,000, the "second-lowest number in the ACC." Upgrades also would include "relocating the track that surrounds the football playing field and enclosing the south end to create a bowl." The "bulk of the money" raised would go to the football stadium renovations; Cameron Indoor Stadium "would receive about a quarter of the funds." Planned upgrades to the arena do not include "changes to the seating or courtside areas," but would "expand the lobby, add an upstairs club area and increase the number of concession stands and rest rooms." Wiseman noted the fundraising initiative "would begin this spring and is expected to take three to five years." Duke is working with HTNB on the project (Durham HERALD-SUN, 2/5).
HUSKY HOPES: In Tacoma, Don Ruiz reported Univ. of Washington men's basketball coach Lorenzo Romar "revealed that UW is closing in on a major improvement" to its basketball complex. Romar said, "We are seriously looking at ... a new practice facility that will house our offices and the weight room and everything." He added that the addition would "be adjacent to Hec Edmundson Pavilion, perhaps around the area of the existing aquatics facility to the east or the Marv Harshman practice court to the north." It would "include a court reserved for the men's and women's basketball teams, and it would conveniently cluster locker rooms, training rooms and study and relaxation areas" (Tacoma NEWS TRIBUNE, 2/5).