County Approves Plan to Build Stadium

J Burroughs
Las Vegas Stadium

Another waypoint was passed today in the progress to build the $1.9 Billion new home of the Oakland Raiders in Las Vegas.

The Oakland Raiders cleared another hurdle Wednesday in their eventual move to Las Vegas as the Clark County Commission approved the team’s development plan for its new stadium near Interstate 15 and Russell Road. In turn, the Raiders will foot the bill for several improvements of infrastructure and public safety upgrades.

Those improvements include the building of a pedestrian bridge over I-15 to the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino, building and widening new sidewalks, and street improvements widening sidewalks, improving existing roadways and likely building a pedestrian bridge over Interstate 15 linking the stadium to Mandalay Bay.

“The Raiders have basically accepted everything requested by the county.” – Raiders Attorney Jay Brown

Despite today’s unanimous approval, it doesn’t mean he stadium structure can start just yet. Most of the stadium structure cannot move forward until the team completes a more in-depth deconsctruction plan and figures out the parking situation for the next football Taj Mahal. The Raiders must also finalize a lease deal with UNLV for the university’s use of the facility for it’s Rebels football team. The Nevada Board of Regents will meet Thursday morning to discuss an agreement between the team and UNLV. It will be voted on at another meeting.

The Raiders continue to act in good faith and submitted a plan complying with every request made by the County prior to today’s vote.

“The Raiders have basically accepted everything requested by the county,” said local Raiders attorney Jay Brown.

As was reported by local Raiders and sports insider Joe Arrigo, the Raiders are also in discussions with jailed Bali Hai golf course owner Billy Walters to acquire the site and convert into a parking and tailgate area. The sides, according to sources, do not have a deal and there are significant hurdles to overcome.

Still unknown are plans, if any, by neighboring resort properties, like Mandalay Bay, to add parking like the  MGM properties did after the construction of the T-Mobile Arena, home the NHL’s Las Vegas Golden Knights.