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Consultant Recommends On-Campus UNLV Stadium, Says Venue Could House MLS

One of the proposals was a multi purpose stadium with a capacity of up to 60,000
The UNLV stadium BOD on Thursday "heard for the first time proposed numbers on capacity, club seats (1,000-2,000), luxury suites (50-60) and a hot new trend -- loge boxes (20-30)" for a proposed new venue, according to Alan Snel of the LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL. Texas-based Conventions Sports & Leisure Project Manager Adam Kerns "recommended building a new on-campus, multi-purpose stadium with a capacity of 50,000 to 60,000 seats" at UNLV and "offered a slew of proposed events the stadium could potentially host." The proposed capacity is "similar to that" of a previous UNLV stadium proposal "discarded a year ago." Kerns also "listed types of events the stadium could potentially stage in addition to UNLV football," including speculating that an MLS team "could call it home." There are "four stadium scenarios under discussion," including a retractable-roof stadium, which is "the most expensive option." The other three are "domed, shaded open-air, and open-air" (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 3/28). In Las Vegas, Paul Takahashi notes CSL is "still working on a cost estimate for the proposed stadium, which is expected to be presented next month," with possible funding models and the results of a feasibility study "expected in June." CSL over the past several weeks "surveyed more than 1,800 UNLV alumni, donors, season ticket holders and fans to determine the demand for an on-campus stadium." Nearly two-thirds of survey respondents "bemoaned" Sam Boyd Stadium because it is "located more than eight miles away from the main campus, is in an inconvenient location, has traffic congestion and has uncomfortable seats." The majority of respondents said that they would "spend an additional $10 to $15 per ticket for a better stadium experience" (LAS VEGAS SUN, 3/28).
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