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Designs For Proposed Las Vegas MLS Stadium Focus On Beating The Heat

Las Vegas stadium renderings feature a vinyl retractable roof
Renderings for a proposed 24,000-seast MLS stadium in Las Vegas include "a vinyl retractable roof, and air-conditioning ducts every three rows in the stands," according to Ray Brewer of the LAS VEGAS SUN. Findlay Sports & Entertainment Group and developer Cordish Cos. "realize a big hurdle in their quest to bring an MLS expansion franchise to Las Vegas is building a suitable facility to manage the desert heat." All seats in the proposed venue "can be shaded," and on game days, the roof "will be closed during the day with air conditioning blasting to keep the facility cool." The playing surface "will be turf and the sides of the stadium are open." Plans "aren’t final and could be altered before the group goes before Las Vegas City Council on Aug. 20." That is when council "will review the groups’ financing plan and vote whether to give them the green light to move forward." If the council votes "against the project, it would be dead." If approved, the group "expects to hear from MLS by the end of the year." Findlay officials "haven’t disclosed how much the stadium would cost, or how much public money would be required" (LAS VEGAS SUN, 7/19).
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