Plenty of plans for Las Vegas arenas

LAS VEGAS -- It seems like we hear about plans for new stadiums and arenas every week these days.

From projects that are already underway to those that are nothing more than a glimmer or hope. Right now, both ends of the Strip are due for projects.

MGM Resorts International has already broken ground on a 20,000-seat arena between New York/New York and the Monte Carlo.

On Tuesday, Clark County commissioners cleared the way for the All-Net Resort and Arena near Sahara Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard.

UNLV is still grappling with its stadium proposal that would put the action on campus.

While the mayor of Las Vegas wants to bring a soccer stadium to Symphony Park downtown.

Over the years, Las Vegas has seen a lot of arena and stadium proposals that have gone nowhere.

The All-Net Arena and Resort plans to build on the former site of the old Wet ‘n' Wild, which was supposed to be the failed Silver State Arena.

All the players in the arena game believe their particular project can be a win-win.

The idea of Las Vegas having new, modern arenas or a big stadium that can fill up with crowds watching sports or concerts always sounds good.

"When you see everybody watching sports in the sports bars and things like that, I suspect seeing the real thing would be a good idea," tourist Pam Ewert said.

Dozens of arenas over the years haven't even left the drawing board. Cost, location, and finding a home team made arena and stadium proposals a tough sale, especially after the recession.

MGM and AEG broke ground first, hoping to open their $375 million indoor arena in spring 2016. Others are following suit.

"I see these all as a perfect blend, one for the other. Ours being a professional soccer league stadium, also some events," Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman said.

Mayor Goodman says the city is still pursuing a new downtown venue to be home to a professional soccer team. She doesn't think other proposed arena/stadium projects are in competition with each other.

"They're different types. We have an arena at The Orleans. We have an arena at the South Point. They're all used for different things," Goodman said.

UNLV says it is still moving full speed ahead studying a mega-stadium, saying Las Vegas still lacks a state-of-the-art venue to host events requiring more than 40,000 seats.

The latest to join the arena game, former UNLV and NBA basketball player Jackie Robinson, is ready to set the proposed All-Net Arena and Resort apart.

"We will be able to build our overall project from the ground up based on the entertainment factor," Robinson said.

Robinson said he has been in contact with the NBA about eventually landing a team here. At this point, Robinson and his team are moving ahead without a professional sports team.


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