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Stadium With Retractable Roof Would Cost UNLV $200M More Than Open-Air Venue

The "proposed cost" of UNLV's proposed new 50,000-seat on-campus stadium ranges from $490M for an open-air venue to $632M for a domed facility and $682M for a retractable roof stadium, according to a report cited in a front-page piece by Alan Snel of the LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL. The figures do not include costs like "parking garages, playing field relocations and pedestrian bridges, which could run in the tens if not hundreds of millions of dollars." The report by stadium consultant CSL Int'l, a subsidiary of Legends, states that the proposed cost for a domed stadium includes $142M "for a fixed fabric roof." CSL President Bill Rhoda on Thursday "presented slides showing pictures of three football stadiums in Texas that were toured" by members of the board: AT&T Stadium, Baylor's new McLane Stadium and TCU's recently renovated Amon G. Carter Stadium. CSL indicated that a new UNLV closed-roof stadium could "draw 24 annual events compared to 12 at Sam Boyd Stadium, the university’s off-campus venue." The stadium consultant next month "will present stadium revenue numbers." The board in June "will focus on stadium funding methods" (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 4/25).
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