The introduction of a list of new acronyms is on the horizon with Wednesday’s scheduled final approval of recommendations on how Southern Nevada should coordinate to attract special events to fill the new Las Vegas stadium.
It was eerily quiet at the Las Vegas stadium construction site Monday. Construction workers were able to take the Veterans Day holiday off on a day of the week usually filled with pounding, pouring and moving tons of steel into position for the next job sequence.
The committee making recommendations to Gov. Brian Sandoval and the Nevada Legislature on attracting events to the new Las Vegas stadium is leaning toward expanding the role of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and Las Vegas Events, rather than forming of a new sports commission.
The NFL’s premiere game generally occurs in the first week of February, right around one of the sweet spots for some major conventions and trade shows.
Bill Hornbuckle, an MGM executive and one of the nine members of the Las Vegas Stadium Authority board, on Thursday said his company fears that its customers would be “choked out” by people wanting to park close to the stadium on event days.
If Southern Nevada were to form an organization to attract marquee sporting events to Las Vegas, it would need to consider whether attracting an event might displace a long-term major existing convention or trade show.
Executives with the Oakland Raiders have to be pretty happy with the outcome of last week’s Clark County Commission meeting at which their Las Vegas stadium parking plan was accepted — and embraced — by every commissioner.
This should be the week we get some answers to one of Southern Nevada’s biggest mysteries: Where will the thousands of people attending events at the new Las Vegas stadium park their cars?
Because of the high-profile nature of the National Football League and the Oakland Raiders, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that Southern Nevada is gaining a new tourism asset in 2020: the 65,000-seat stadium itself.
One thing we’ve learned about Raider Nation as it builds its relationship with Southern Nevada: It’s fiercely loyal.