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Volume 24 No. 132


The Raiders' proposed Las Vegas stadium, roughly 1 1/2 miles from McCarran Int'l Airport, would "not impact jetliners taking off or landing" at the nation’s "eighth-busiest airport," according to an FAA report cited in a front-page piece by Art Marroquin of the LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL. The FAA is now "soliciting public comments through Sept. 22." Clark County Commissioners might "not be able to consider zoning permits until October at the earliest." Clark County Commission Chair Steve Sisolak said that he does "not know whether the FAA’s timetable will affect plans to to start building the stadium in November." The report was issued the "same day the Clark County Commission delayed zoning discussions about a use permit, development waivers and design reviews for the stadium -- pending the FAA’s determination." Even though the FAA has "preliminarily found that the Raiders stadium would not impact air traffic or military airspace in Las Vegas, the agency noted the proposed structure exceeds obstruction standards by 75 feet." It is "unknown how long the FAA study will take to complete" (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 8/17).

LSU is turning Tiger Stadium's south end zone upper seating area "into a premium space, allowing ticket holders in that section to purchase beer and wine," according to Ross Dellenger of the Baton Rouge ADVOCATE. The school is "dubbing the new section the 'Skyline Club,' an outdoor-only premium area that opens this season." Tickets will "range between $45 and $120, depending on the game" and will include "access to an all-you-can-eat special menu." Other menu items, including beer and wine, will be "available at an additional cost." The club will "encompass the entire 1,500-seat south end zone outdoor seating area, from sections 650 to 658." It joins the south end zone Stadium Club and suites as "premium seating areas in Tiger Stadium, the sections allowed to sell alcohol." The club's creation "comes at an interesting time in college athletics" as stadiums, arenas and ballparks are "moving toward a seating model that includes more premium areas -- an effort to entice fans to attend games." SEC policy prohibits "alcohol sales in general seating areas," which are allowed in "premium spaces only." LSU "added more premium seating areas (Stadium Club) during the south end zone expansion of Tiger Stadium" in '14. LSU AD Joe Alleva this summer said that the school "also plans to add premium club seating to the Pete Maravich Assembly Center, and it may at some point create a sports bar of sorts on the ground level of the south end zone" (Baton Rouge ADVOCATE, 8/17).