Despite hosting four Division I conference basketball tournaments, state-of-the art facilities and the NFL and NHL putting franchises in the city, Las Vegas still can’t get the NCAA to drop its policy on sports gambling in order to host a championship event.
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Southern Nevada construction industry experts say whoever ends up building the planned 65,000-seat stadium for the Las Vegas Raiders will face a massive challenge to get it done by the opening of the 2020 NFL season.
Once it became clear last week that the NFL had cleared a path for the Raiders to relocate from Oakland to Las Vegas for the 2020 season, some hand-wringing re-emerged on the topic of betting on the team.
Clark County Commission chairman Steve Sisolak said Tuesday that the Oakland Raiders’ “premier site” to build a new NFL stadium remains a 63-acre property at Russell Road and Dean Martin Drive.
Las Vegas eventually will get in line to host a Super Bowl, but it will not happen in 2022, the next available date for the championship game, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told the Review-Journal on Tuesday.
With the Raiders suddenly on the local sports scene, it means both the NFL and the NHL are in Las Vegas, a market similar to Nashville when it comes to size, tourism and entertainment.
Las Vegas Events President Pat Christenson talks of “a big hole,” that has prevented the city from enticing top sport and entertainment event. Now, he says, “That hole has been filled.”
With the Oakland Raiders officially OK’d to move to Las Vegas, local economists are now studying the path to a new stadium for signs the Raiders are more than just new entertainment.
Southern Nevada business and political leaders on Monday cheered the NFL owners’ decision to relocate the Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas, bolstering the city’s status as the nation’s leading entertainment destination.
Now that the National Football League has approved the relocation of the Oakland Raiders franchise to Las Vegas, it’s time to buy those season tickets, right? Wrong.
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