Where's all that purple coming from?
OT: UNLV stadium plans
at a convention and decided to go to the game.
They'll need to play on Thursday nights to fill up the stadium.
Read this last night, the fact they are going to spend 800 million on a stadium holding less that 70k seats baffles me.
When I first saw the 800 million dollar figure I feared it would surpass Michigan's seating capacity. Then I read further, and it isn't just going to be the school's stadium, but also used for events and won't have 70k seats.
It would help with recruiting, but I don't see this really turning much of a profit once they sink that much dough into it. Thinking big is good but 800 million seems super agressive.
Hello NBA/NFL team. There were talks years ago about moving a team there, maybe this is in the works. Probably not, but a school like that spending 800 million on a lousy team is just crazy.
a nice stadium for a shitty team (and some events)?
So kind of like Jerry World, the stadium will be a destination, and host a buttload of events, and also be the home stadium for 7 UNLV games a year. I like how instead of calling the 100 yard jumbotron a big ass screen they call it a "multimedia immersive experience." I'm sure that's the first thing that will come to mind for visitors to the stadium: "What an incredible multimedia immersive experience I'm having!" lol
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Now we can turn the 2015 UNLV game into a home and home series.
WTF is going on in this country? Talk about people having too much money just sitting around. I'll be interested to see who is financing it. For some reason I hope it fails - not sure why, though.
Just imagine how much trouble kids can get in once they start hosting a bowl game there. Bad enough sending kids to Florida or New Orleans for a couple weeks, lol.
There already is a Las Vegas Bowl
Oh, good call. The Maaco Bowl is the Las Vegas one.
To your credit, the article does make it sound like there would be an additional bowl game in Las Vegas. Do we really need another bowl game at all? It's about time they start getting rid of some of these games.
The U.S. has to be the only country where $800 million dollar stadiums are being built while tens of millions of people live in poverty, our roads and bridges are falling apart, the education system is not even in the top 20 worldwide, and we're trillions of dollars in debt as a nation. Makes sense to me.
...US is not the only country.
No, but generally third world dictatorships and/or North Korea are the ones who spend money on bling before taking care of the essentials.
I wouldn't say that. The world is full of egomaniac politicians who love the glamour of big, expensive white elephants. Just look at how many cities covet the Olympics. Montreal just recently finishing paying off the 1976 Games. London's tab's going to take awhile to pay off, too.
At least if you host the Olympics you get billions of viewers and recognition as a world-class city, more or less. Las Vegas is going to get a glorified convention hall to host a football team that nobody cares about.
Was London not considered a world-class city before 2012? For two weeks of viewership, which is now over, they're paying billions for years to come. It's a terrible deal.
I suppose, but looking at how Athens has fared (and for that matter Beijing - it doesn't get as much press, probably because of censorship, but they are believed to have lost a ton of money), the Olympics seems like a pretty awful deal, financially speaking, for a city/country. And yet politicians everywhere want them.
Actually, what you wrote sounds an awful lot like Greece, Spain, South Africa . . . it's a growing list. France (which is building a bunch of stadiums for Euro 2016) seems eager to join it as well.
It's accurate. According to the US Census Bureau, 46.2 million people in the US live in poverty.
Between hanging or in the blue lot and telling people where you like to park.
I would love to know where UNLV fits ther contribution - if any - into the budget. Their 2011 athletic department revenue, per USA Today's database, was abour $60 million against $60 million or so in expenses, and this is with the 52.4% subsidy from the university thrown in. Right now, the facilities costs for the athletic dpeartment sit around $13 million. That being said, they are apparently looking to create a tax-emexpt district near the proposed location, along with getting pledges from hotels and casinos. My guess would be what someone said above basically - it would become a Las Vegas venue that UNLV happens to use, if built.
No need to sell hot dogs when you can hawk a go w/ the one-armed bandit.
" joker...Joker...JOKER" Get your winnings here! "
The CityCenter complex in Vegas was a combo effort with Dubai World, so I wouldn't be surprised if they come calling again or another middle eastern company. The project almost failed when MGM got sued for breach of contract, so maybe this will happen and you'll get your wish.
I'm on the same page as one of the comments from the Dr. Saturday page, keeping in mind I've a pretty savvy and knowledgable football fan, "UNLV has a footbal team?"
I seriously can't remember the last time I've heard of UNLV football. After thinking for about ten seconds I realize they're in the Mountain West, but still.
They played a pretty thrilling 3OT game against Minnesota this year to open the season. I only remember that game because I stayed up till 2AM on a Thursday night watching it when I had a 7am meeting the next morning at work.
Though it's not mentioned, it the rendition looks like it will leave space to host soccer games too.
This sounds like a ploy to get UNLV admitted to the Pac 12, though I'm not sure if the Pac 12 would allow that ever.
And isn't that huge screen and ugly track money sinks? Don't they need those areas for premier seating and club suites? How else are they going to get people to pay for a stadium with a decent at best football team?
"And it will be odd that the stadium that might produce the biggest "Wow!" factor in college football hosts a program that barely registers in the sport right now."
Brandon will not allow another stadium to have bigger WOW moments than Michigan Stadium. UNLV will curl up in a collective fetal position after Dave Brandon shows them what "Wow! factor" really means.
-David L Brandon
Look at that render.
"Come to UNLV games and sit only 40 yards from the action!"
Seriously, these things are designed by architechtural firms. Everybody working there must have gone to college. Why, oh why, do they all forget the joy of the college stadium, sitting practically right on the field. Not watching the action, but a part of it.
And I'm not sure how much architectural firms are told to keep the on-field fan experience close at heart. That's what chorizo races and uniforms are for.
Clearly the man in your avatar agrees with me.
UNLV has a football team?
I guess my take on this is why wouldn't MLB perk right up and think about moving Tampa Bay to Vegas. Between Vegas, Nebraska and North Carolina, those all seem to be the most logical destination to move a MLB franchise that is struggling with attendance and profit margins. If they do build that stadium, MLB has to look into it, even though the project is being proported as a multi-user/football venue.
So if the roof opens up, will there be a glare on the jumbotron? You figure at some point during a day game the Sun will be at an angle causing one, they have to have the field facing north and south.
Popping those "business cards" in their hands for the after-game entertainment.
This has been in the works forever out here. I will never believe it until I see it, but it's getting national attention now. This is definitely a move to get to the PAC-whatever in the future. There are already 3 conference basketball tournaments here, they will try to host the PAC 12 football championship game here, a mwc football title game as well.
We already have spring training baseball games (2 Cubs games), LA Lakers basketball preseason games, LA Clippers preseason games, LA Kings preseason games.I'd imagine they will try to host all of those in the new stadium. It will also keep the rodeo here, which is a huge draw for Vegas.
I'm sure EVERYONE here in Vegas will only believe it when they are clearing out the Land and breaking ground. We have been trying to get a stadium for so long, that people are just over it.
If this can help UNLV football rise up from the 2-9 seasons, make them attractive to the PAC-12, then it's totally worth it. Vegas is a big market, the fans are crazy about the basketball team here. If the football team was competitive, they would support them too.
I guess we will see.
Vegas should definitely be the permanent home for the Pac 12 championship if they get a decent stadium. The on-campus thing has been a total clusterfuck because of the Friday night kickoff and what I'm guessing is a problem quickly getting tickets out to the fanbase with less than a week's notice. Stanford had 9,000 fewer fans show up for the title game than they did for their opener against San Jose State (their previous low attendance mark for the year). That reflects on the set up and the organization to me.
Vegas is an easy flight from just about anywhere in the conference footprint (outside maybe the Palouse), you could cut out of work at lunch and still make it in time for kickoff if they continue to play on Fridays, and people may even be willing to book a flight in advance knowing the worst that can happen is they get a weekend in Vegas. And you would get fans from both teams to show up. If not, I'm sure letting the casinos comp a few folks could get you a full house if actual ticket demand is low.
Oh definitely, plus all of us who live here and want to watch good teams play will go too! There has been talk about getting that PAC 12 title game here since it's inception, so this stadium will help towards that.
to their stadium this season, it is absolutley awful. Their fans are non existent. It was like a high school game. I like it for basketball though, solid squad.
Living in Vegas, the new stadium is being met with alot of skepticism, but the current stadium setup for UNLV is ridiculous. Their home games are played almost 40 minutes from the campus and the stadium only seats 35000 normally. Ironically it's a report from UM's School of Sports Management, that got most people talking about the new stadium.
Care to explain?
It's an obvious Alannis Morrisette reference.
Rain on your wedding day ironic
Ironic that a school that has little to minimal success in football may get a new stadium because of analysis done by the school with the most wins of all time.
but I am sure this stadium will service other events, right?
Currently Vegas hosts the Maaco Bowl, the NFR rodeo, several motocross events, the Electric Daisy Carnival, etc...
Would put a substantial dent into the cost. I will take a few years but the EDC is gigantic and brings in major money to Vegas.
There's a way to get recruits...and spectators.
There is nothing good about having a 100 yard long video screen...the thing is much too wide compared to its height so it doesn't really give a good view (that's what she said).
Seeking approval from the Nevada Legislature to allow a tax-increment finance district for the project. If the district is approved, the project would be exempt from paying property, sales and live entertainment taxes for an estimated 25 to 30 years. Developers could still collect those fees and keep the money to help pay off the project’s debt. A similar attempt to allow tax dollars to be used to fund a stadium’s construction failed late in the 2011 session
Im sure UNLV is the real reason they want to build this new stadium. This may help UNLV on the recruting trail, but I doubt it. Anyone whose lived in Vegas will tell you, the city is great to visit, but after a week or two the cool factor wears off and its no diffrent than any other city, except there are a lot more non-residents that clog the highways and get lost in your neighborhood. They are just trying to get a free stadium just off the strip in Las Vegas by using UNLV to get the ttax breaks to pay for it. High Five to UNLV though, Id take a 800 million dollar stadium for free too.
Is there actually the 70k minimum for the Super Bowl that the article states? I'm pretty sure Ford Field is only about 60-65k and that didn't seem to be an issue.
Wikipedia says 65k expandable up to 70k for football, or if your looking for more space do what Jerry did, just rig up some seats up in the rafters and charge $300 for them, then kick um' out before the game even starts!
Do you know when that became a rule? I still don't think Ford Field is expandable to 70k.
Look for WrestleMania to go there immediately. They tried it once in 1993 Vegas outdoors at Caesar's Palace and it was an epic disaster.
The show content, the look, the setup. Probably one of the worst WMs of all-time. And there have been some really bad ones.