UNLV Board Delays Funding Request For New Open-Air Football Stadium Until '17
UNLV Chair & acting President Don Snyder suggested during a meeting Thursday that the Campus Improvement Advisory Board "delay its request" for funding a new football stadium until the '17 session of the state Legislature, according to Brian Nordli of the LAS VEGAS SUN. Snyder said that "funding requests for a UNLV school of medicine and a new building for the Harrah’s Hotel College should take priority." He added that the request for the 45,000-seat, $523M open-air stadium "made more sense for next session." Nordli notes the stadium would be "funded through a combination of a tax district on the Strip, stadium income, naming rights and fundraising" (LAS VEGAS SUN, 8/29). UNLV VP/University Advancement Bill Boldt indicated that the date change "will give him time to dig up more private financial support." In Las Vegas, Alan Snel reports Snyder on Thursday insisted that the stadium is "needed, feasible and a good business strategy for the university." The costs for the facility would include $342M for "hard construction costs" and $80.9M for "soft costs such as design and architectural services." The site and infrastructure would cost $100M. It would be another $50M "to prepare the open-air stadium for a future dome addition" (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 8/29).