Proponents of luring the Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas to a planned $1.9 billion, 65,000-seat domed football stadium take on a new challenge with a familiar strategy beginning this week.
A supermajority of Nevada lawmakers on Friday pushed through legislation that will raise the room tax in Clark County to help finance a 65,000-seat domed stadium, clearing the path for the relocation of the NFL’s Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas.
The Nevada Department of Transportation would need to accelerate already-planned projects, including miles of HOV lanes, if a domed football stadium opens by 2019 near the Las Vegas Strip, according to a report released Thursday by Gov. Brian Sandoval’s office.
When it comes to the debate over a $1.9 billion domed football stadium, rural and Northern Nevada tourism leaders aren’t much different from their counterparts in Southern Nevada.
Nevada lawmakers will return to work Thursday as the debate and fate of a bill to help finance a domed stadium and expand the Las Vegas Convention Center moves to the Assembly, where its path to passage could be bumpy.
The process of the Oakland Raiders relocating to Las Vegas took another step forward Tuesday when the Nevada Senate voted 16-5 in favor of Senate Bill 1.
The Nevada Senate on Tuesday amended and passed a bill raising room taxes in Clark County to help fund a football stadium and convention center expansion in Las Vegas. The bill now moves to the Assembly.
Gov. Brian Sandoval said Tuesday he is glad lawmakers are asking tough questions about the proposed stadium project and acknowledged that some critics will never be satisfied that it will be good for Nevada’s economic development efforts.
One major professional sports league has broken the ice. Jim Murren, chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International, said Monday he envisions the NFL and NBA following the NHL to the Las Vegas Strip in the near future.
A chorus of casino titans and other supporters urged Nevada lawmakers on Monday to support public funding to build a $1.9 billion domed football stadium and expand the Las Vegas Convention Center as a special session began to vet the details of both projects.