Major changes are coming to Southern Nevada, with several projects reshaping Las Vegas’ skyline in 2020.
Instead of focusing on the year that was, the Review-Journal will highlight the dramatic transformation that will alter the trajectory of our town. The storylines below will define historic progress over the next 12 months.
The Raiders are set to officially relocate from Oakland and arrive to their new palace: Allegiant Stadium, all $2 billion and 65,000 seats of it. Las Vegas will belong to a select group of 32 cities with an NFL team, and the stadium also will afford UNLV football a new home.
While the stadium’s completion is set for July 31, pro football will descend upon Las Vegas months earlier when the NFL draft is staged here April 23-25. Nashville welcomed an estimated 600,000 draft-goers across the three-day NFL event this past April. Las Vegas is expected to break that mark, one of many ways the city’s economy will also benefit from such substantial growth.
Other major milestones are coming in 2020.
Convention space will grow dramatically from downtown down the Strip in time for what’s expected to be the biggest meeting year in Las Vegas history. Circa, the integrated downtown resort on track to open in December of 2020, will include the world’s largest sportsbook. Ground should be broken on a long-envisioned high-speed train to California. New, major Strip hotels will move closer to completion.
It’s true: Progress is impossible without change. In 2020, the skyline that has illuminated Las Vegas for so long will forever be altered to an even bigger, brighter, more global representation of that which defines us.
The sports landscape in Las Vegas will change permanently with the arrival of the Raiders to their new home, a $2 billion structure of 65,000 seats.
What the opening of Allegiant Stadium means for the Las Vegas big-show concert circuit.
Occupancy and room rates are climbing, adding to demand for more hotel rooms, so Virgin and Circa will begin meeting it with some of the 1,650 rooms coming in 2020.
The opening of the Downtown Grand tower and the Expo at World Market Center in the summer and Circa at the end of the year should keep downtown Las Vegas soaring.
Aviators president Don Logan said further discussion of major league baseball coming to Las Vegas is something to keep an eye on in 2020 and beyond.
There will be no immediate return on two massive public investments — Allegiant Stadium and the Convention Center expansion — with Las Vegas seeing little after spending a lot.
The Review-Journal’s 2019 investigative stories prompted criminal charges against tourism officials, the removal of state employees and board appointees who provided lax oversight, and more compliance with a lobbying disclosure law.
But 2020 is expected to start much differently than 2019 did, with three months of below-average precipitation and above-average temperatures.
Among the many Nevada newsmakers who died in 2019 was a state legislator known as a champion for education and homeless initiatives.
Nevada’s top stories of 2019 included a precedent-setting Legislature, a deadly fire and a threatened but averted teachers strike.
In 2020, the city is expected to add more than 2 million square feet of convention space, which economists say will position the city for further economic growth.
A couple of 2019 departures could impact Las Vegas’ entertainment scene for years to come. But some promising newcomers offered a glimpse of what the city’s future artistic endeavors could look like.