SBD/June 12, 2014/Facilities

UNLV Abandons On-Campus Stadium Location, May Consider Off-Campus Sites

UNLV has "scrapped its proposed location for its new on-campus football stadium because of concerns about its close proximity" to McCarran Int'l Airport, according to Paul Takahashi of the LAS VEGAS SUN. The university is now "looking for a new site for its 50,000-seat stadium." Alternative stadium locations include "the parking lot of the Thomas & Mack Center and 40 acres of privately owned land at the corner of Koval Lane and Tropicana Avenue." UNLV officials had planned to build the stadium "on 60 acres of university-owned land northeast of Swenson Street and Harmon Avenue." The original site was "less than two miles from Las Vegas’ major airport, and was in the direct path of flights coming in and out of the city." The Federal Aviation Administration "argued the UNLV stadium could affect planes’ departure and landing routes, block radar and interfere with communication signals between aircraft and the air-control tower." The university has hired engineering consultant Kimley Horn "for about $15,000 to study possible new sites" (LAS VEGAS SUN, 6/12).
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