Las Vegas leaders on Wednesday killed efforts to put an advisory question on the June ballot regarding a $200 million downtown soccer stadium, moving 4-3 against Councilman Bob Beers’ last ditch effort to slow progress on the controversial project that was narrowly approved last month.
Only four months ago, construction workers were boring holes 70 feet deep and preparing to pour concrete for a foundation. But on Thursday morning, the ovular skeleton of the $375 million, 20,000-seat arena was taking shape, with the steel work even showing the first signs of the suite level.
The Las Vegas City Council voted 4-3 to approve a stadium subsidy deal with a development partner seeking to bring a Major League Soccer team to play at the $200 million stadium.
The team that has pushed so hard for a downtown soccer stadium appears to have scored enough votes from the Las Vegas City Council to declare victory.
One Bob might push a controversial and dragged-out $200 million stadium deal across the finish line on Wednesday The other Bob has been the deal’s loudest opponent.
Las Vegas city officials have released the latest terms in their proposed stadium subsidy deal with Findlay Sports & Entertainment and The Cordish Cos. for a $200 millon Major League Soccer stadium in downtown Symphony Park.
Las Vegas’ bid for a Major League Soccer team drew the attention of the league’s Board of Governors Saturday when the board received a report on expansion proposals by groups in Las Vegas, Minneapolis and Sacramento.
The new MGM Resorts International-AEG arena being built on the Strip, which will open in April 2016, will offer venue booking flexibility to MGM Resorts, which also owns the Mandalay Bay Events Center and the MGM Grand Garden Arena within a few blocks of the arena site, an MGM Resorts executive said Wednesday.
The Las Vegas City Council on Monday extended the deadline to vote on a soccer stadium subsidy deal to Dec. 17.
Sin City’s unique status as a world entertainment destination makes it possible to lure professional sports teams without a public arena or stadium subsidies most cities must pay.
Justin Findlay’s the managing partner and public face of Findlay Sports & Entertainment, which is working to bring an MLS franchise to a downtown soccer stadium the city would help create.
The powerful sports and entertainment company working with MGM Resorts International on building a $375 million arena on the Strip could influence Las Vegas’ ability to land expansion teams in MLS and the NHL.
Only a few major league football stadiums and baseball parks in the U.S. have retractable roofs that open and close depending on the weather. But Jackie Robinson is trying to make sports facility design history by building his arena with a retractable roof.
UFC President Dana White would love the hometown Ultimate Fighting Championship to christen the new 20,000-seat arena under construction behind New York-New York on the Strip with a fight event in spring 2016. But White and UFC face competition.
Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman and other proposed downtown stadium backers on Thursday pitched Major League Soccer officials on awarding a franchise to Las Vegas.