Agreement is ‘major step’ needed to build Las Vegas Raiders stadium

Updated December 27, 2017 - 6:22 pm

The Raiders have agreed to pay for pedestrian bridges or other infrastructure necessary for a planned 65,000-seat NFL stadium near the Las Vegas Strip, a Clark County official said Wednesday.

Outlined in a development agreement scheduled for public discussion next week, the Raiders would be responsible to pay $1.4 million for public safety equipment, an emergency operations center inside the stadium and improvements to nearby roadways and sidewalks.

“Our district attorney is very comfortable the county is covered in all aspects,” county comprehensive planning director Nancy Amundsen said Wednesday.

County commissioners are scheduled to consider the development agreement for approval on Jan. 3.

Doing so would clear the way for the Raiders and the Las Vegas Stadium Authority to complete their own development agreement, which needs to be in place by February if the stadium is to be finished before the start of the 2020 NFL season.

“It’s a major step in the process,” Amundsen said.

Parking and improvements

Although the development agreement does not answer where the Raiders will find the nearly 14,000 off-site parking spaces necessary to comply with county code, the team must have an updated transportation study in place by September.

The study will identify parking locations and include plans for how to reduce the impact of pedestrian and vehicular traffic to and from the stadium. That could include improving roadways and widening sidewalks.

Design consulting firm Kimley-Horn and Associates previously estimated almost a third of all NFL game attendees will walk from hotel rooms located within a mile of the stadium.

The Raiders also have agreed to pay for the construction of any pedestrian bridges necessary to bring ticket holders to the stadium. A 30-foot-wide bridge linking the stadium to Mandalay Bay over Interstate 15 is already being discussed.

How much the team will pay to make these improvements won’t be known until the master transportation study is published, Amundsen said.

“There’s no way for us to estimate (the cost now), but we need it to be done for the safety of the public,” she said. “The Raiders have to mitigate the impact of their development. It’s as simple as that.”

The Raiders also have agreed to buy and install about $1.4 million in equipment for firefighting, communications and traffic control. The team will also build an emergency operations center for police and firefighters overlooking the football field somewhere on the stadium’s upper floors.

Next step forward

County staff has recommended commissioners approve the development agreement. If that is done, the Raiders must create and obtain funding for a deconstruction plan before vertical construction on the 225-foot-tall stadium can begin.

Should the project halt before completion, the plan would provide the county the means to either tear down the unfinished stadium or wrap it.

Contact Michael Scott Davidson at sdavidson@reviewjournal.com or 702-477-3861. Follow @davidsonlvrj on Twitter.

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Cousins Maine Lobster to open inside 2 Las Vegas Smith’s stores
Cousins Maine Lobster food truck company will open inside Las Vegas’ two newest Smith’s at Skye Canyon Park Drive and U.S. Highway 95, and at Warm Springs Road and Durango Drive. Cousins currently sells outside some Las Vegas Smith’s stores and at Fremont Street and Las Vegas Boulevard. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Las Vegas home prices to continue to rise, expert says
Lawrence Yun, chief economist at the National Association of Realtors, gives homebuyers a pulse on the Las Vegas housing market. (Eli Segall/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
NV Energy announces clean energy investment
The company is planning to add six solar projects in Nevada, along with the state's first major battery energy storage capacity. Bailey Schulz/Las Vegas Review-Journal
3 Mario Batali restaurants on Las Vegas Strip to close
Days after new sexual misconduct allegations were made against celebrity chef Mario Batali, his company announced Friday that it will close its three Las Vegas restaurants July 27. Employees of Carnevino Italian Steakhouse, B&B Ristorante and Otto Enoteca e Pizzeria, all located in The Venetian and Palazzo resorts, were informed of the decision Friday morning. Bastianich is scheduled to visit the restaurants Friday to speak to employees about the next two months of operation as well as how the company plans to help them transition to new positions.
Nevada has its first cybersecurity apprenticeship program
The Learning Center education company in Las Vegas has launched the first apprenticeship program for cybersecurity in Nevada. It was approved by the State Apprenticeship Council on May 15. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Las Vegas union members voting to authorize the right to strike
Thousands of Las Vegas union members voting Tuesday morning to authorize the right to strike. A “yes” vote would give the union negotiating committee the power to call a strike anytime after June 1 at the resorts that fail to reach an agreement. (Todd Prince/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Small businesses struggle to find qualified candidates
A 2018 survey found that over two-thirds of small businesses in Nevada find it somewhat to very difficult to recruit qualified candidates. Bailey Schulz/Las Vegas Review-Journal
Nevada secretary of state website offers little protection against fraudulent business filings
Property developer Andy Pham tells how control of his business was easily seized by another person using the secretary of state website.
Caesars may be going solo in its marijuana policy
Several Southern Nevada casino companies aren’t following Caesars Entertainment’s lead on marijuana testing.
How much is the Lucky Dragon worth?
Less than a year-and-a-half after it opened, the Lucky Dragon was in bankruptcy.
Gyms and discount stores take over empty retail spaces
Grocery stores used to draw people to shopping centers. But many large retail spaces have been vacant since 2008. Discount stores like goodwill and gyms like EOS Fitness are filling those empty spaces, and helping to draw shoppers back in. K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal
Funding source of Las Vegas stadium for the Raiders is sound, expert says
The stadium is funded in part by $750 million of room taxes, the biggest such tax subsidy ever for a professional sports stadium. Robert Lang, executive director of Brookings Mountain West and The Lincy Institute at UNLV, says that is a good use of public funds. (Richard Velotta/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Las Vegas needs light rail, expert says
Robert Lang, executive director of Brookings Mountain West and the Lincy Institute said he is afraid of a "congestion mobility crisis." Las Vegas needs a light rail system, he said, to accommodate the city's growing number of attractions. (Richard Velotta/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Three takeaways from Wynn Resorts' Earnings Call
Matt Maddox came out swinging in his first earnings conference call as Wynn Resorts chief executive officer, boasting of record Las Vegas quarterly revenues and applicants lining up for work.
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