Once it opens for the relocating Oakland Raiders, local officials expect that new development could take place in the area near the Las Vegas stadium.
Currently, much of the area surrounding the stadium features a mix of industrial, small and automotive businesses. While it remains to be seen how many of the existing businesses will remain in place when the stadium opens and in the years following its debut, some believe that new development could take shape near the stadium.
The new Las Vegas Stadium is not slated to open until 2020, but visions of a nearby entertainment district are already being discussed, including comparisons to areas such as the Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego. More from The Las Vegas Sun:
Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak envisions an entertainment district similar to the Gaslamp Quarter in downtown San Diego near Petco Park the home Major League Baseball’s San Diego Padres.
“Obviously at this point it’s underutilized being 100 or 200 yards away from a 65,000-seat, $2 billion stadium,” Sisolak said. “There’s been discussion with people trying to do assemblage back there.”
With a large amount of the property being divided into quarter or 2 1/2 acre pieces, potential developers are trying to assemble 5 to 10 acre sites. Talks have surfaced about possibly changing the zoning in the area to bring some entertainment, retail, and food and beverage establishments in the stadium area, Sisolak said.
Sisolak said he sees “foodie-type” establishments, featuring various types of restaurants and sports themed bar and restaurants, including team specific ones.
In addition to the Raiders, the new Las Vegas Stadium is expected to host UNLV football. Last March, the Raiders received NFL approval to relocate to Las Vegas, and are expected to arrive there once the stadium opens.
Rendering courtesy MANICA Architecture.
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