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Proposal: Raiders Could Use UNLV Land for Parking

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The Oakland Raiders are proposing that land at the UNLV campus could be used for game-day parking, according to the first draft of a proposed agreement between the two sides. 

As the planning process of the forthcoming Las Vegas stadium continues, the Raiders and UNLV must hammer out the terms their joint-use agreement. The framework of the deal is fairly complex, and covers several aspects of the new stadium–including UNLV football’s use of the field, ticket sales, advertising, rent, and scheduling.

One of the other areas that could fall under their agreement is parking. According to the first draft of the 30-year joint-use agreement, the Raiders are proposing that about 80 acres of UNLV-owned land be used for game day and event parking. The Raiders are facing a shortage of spaces at the stadium site and believe UNLV’s land could alleviate some of those problems, though the distance between the venue and the proposed parking area is more than three miles, meaning that shuttles will be required. More from The Las Vegas Sun:

Within the draft, the Raiders ask UNLV to use nearly 80 acres of its land for game-day and event parking, including the Thomas & Mack Center lot and a 42-acre parcel near Tropicana Avenue and Koval Lane slated for mixed-use development. The Raiders propose no payment to the university for using the land beyond net revenues from parking fees during home games, NFL events and any other event for which at least 30,000 tickets are available.

study conducted last month on behalf of the Raiders showed the stadium site holds just 15 percent of parking required by Clark County code for a 65,000-seat facility. The Thomas & Mack lot alone contains 4,000 spaces, well more than the 2,400 on-site spots expected on the team’s 62-acre lot at Russell Road near Interstate 15. Yet the UNLV campus sits more than three miles from the Raiders stadium site, meaning fans would need to shuttle from the university.

The Raiders and area officials are attempting to open the new stadium by the 2020 season. To do so, several steps in the process will need to be completed in the coming months, and the joint-use agreement between the Raiders andh UNLV is one of a dozen documents that the Las Vegas Stadium Authority must sign off on by October. The team has already received the NFL’s permission to relocate from Oakland, and a draft of their lease for the new stadium was approved by league owners in May.

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