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Panelists weigh in on parking, development around stadium as planning speeds forward

Jackie Valley
Jackie Valley

It’s that time of year again when football fans either applaud their team’s recruitment strategy or scratch their heads wondering what just happened.

Yes, today marks the first day of the 2017 NFL draft and, this year, Las Vegas residents have more reason to pay attention: The young prospects chosen by the Oakland Raiders this year could be playing in the yet-to-be-built Las Vegas stadium by 2020 if all goes as planned.

So while the team builds its roster, county officials and other stakeholders in Southern Nevada are immersed in conversations about building the actual stadium. Regardless of how residents feel about the planned $1.9 billion project, it has become a frequent talking point since last month when the NFL owners approved the Raiders’ relocation bid to Las Vegas.

Bank of Nevada President John Guedry moderated a panel discussion Wednesday about the project. The Southern Nevada chapter of CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member) sponsored the discussion. Here’s a look at what the panelists had to say about the stadium project:

Philip Klevorick, economic development liaison with Clark County, on the likelihood of a so-called stadium district:

"If you build a stadium, you often want to have a fan experience — or a spectator experience — that’s going to be around it. So whether you have Raiders bars or restaurants or hotels, other sports stores, there’s going to be some kind of thing there, so it makes sense that my department actually starts looking at how to plan that kind of viability into a project that’s going to be in support of a stadium.”

John Saccenti, executive director of the Las Vegas Bowl, on the parking challenge:

"I’m going to preface this by saying I’m included in this next comment: We are soft and spoiled in this town. We don’t like traffic. We don’t like to pay for parking. We like valet right up in front … But we do have to create a little bit of a culture change if we’re going to have these big-time events in these big-time buildings. We’re not a community that’s used to arriving to events early. We like to pull up. We like to get to there by the last minute, and we like to get the hell out. We have to change that culture and know that it’s different times and a different era. Arrive at the stadium early and get there to enjoy the experience, enjoy game day … You may have to walk half a mile to the stadium. It’s really not the end of the world, but we’re not used to doing that.”

Mike Newcomb, executive director of UNLV’s sports facilities and Las Vegas Stadium Authority board member, on the possibility of the NCAA lifting its ban on the city hosting college championship games:

"Hopefully we’ll get some resolution on there. You see what we do in the conference tournaments, and the NCAA wants to be here. I think they’ll work with that and get an agreement. Now instead of hosting the regional, now we can look at the Final Four. You obviously need to have a stadium these days to have those.”


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