Sites possibilities for the proposed Oakland Raiders’ stadium in Las Vegas have been narrowed, allowing the Bali Hai golf club to emerge as a viable option.
Bali Hai has not been heavily discussed over the last few weeks, but after a meeting of the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee on Thursday, it is one of the options that has been classified as a primary candidate. It has a few advantages–it is close to the Strip, large enough for development, and provides decent proximity to UNLV.
However, if the Raiders and partners Majestic Realty and Las Vegas Sands Corp are going to push for the site, they will likely have to address some issues that emerged with a previous option. More from the Las Vegas Sun:
To narrow the list down even more, backers will have to grapple with a range of complex considerations. Those include transportation, parking, site size, land cost and infrastructure.
A particularly pressing issue for multiple sites is their proximity to McCarran International Airport. The two UNLV options and the Bali Hai golf course are across the street from airport runways, so developers would need to ensure that a stadium at any of those locations could coexist with McCarran operations. Southwest Airlines has already cited major concerns with the 42 acres on Tropicana.
Joining Bali Hai on the list primary contenders are four other possibilities. UNLV can offer two locations–the Tropicana site was already criticized by Southwest Airlines, plus the land surrounding the Thomas & Mack Center. Also within that group is a 63-acre parcel near Russell Road and Interstate 15, and a 100-acre plot off I-15 and Tropicana.
In addition to that group, the committee has identified three secondary choices. Those include MGM’s fesitval grounds, a Wynn Resorts’ golf course, and the Cashman Center site. The City of Las Vegas has stated its preference that the stadium be built at the Cashman site, but the idea has gained little traction among the other parties involved.
The goal for planners is to have the candidates narrowed down to two options by the committee’s meeting on August 25.
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