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Could a nearby NFL stadium revitalize the Palms and Rio?

Last edit: jucifers on Monday, 18th July 2016 4:17 pm
Last response by KickedBoar591 22nd July 10:47pm

The Fertitta brothers are promoting land they own west of I-15 for the proposed NFL stadium (the old Station's Vista site).

Here's a map:

Would a stadium in that location revitalize the Palms and Rio?

What about developing the empty land between the Palms and Rio? Could the Neon Boneyard be invited to fill that gap and create a pedestrian friendly walkway between the Palms and Rio?

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 parchedearth responded on Sunday, 17th July 2016

No, the train tracks currently cut off Harmon from Flamingo, so there is not an easy way to get from the Rio/Palms to the Viva site. If a stadium were built, they would likely build the Harmon connector/overpass to open up this access. It will still be too far to walk to the stadium. However, I have heard the Fertittas want to build a hotel/casino adjoining the stadium.

Moving the Neon Boneyard is a good idea, but I suspect there are a number of better sites (such as the Riviera). The Boneyard operates on a shoestring budget, so someone would have to pay for the move and any increased operating expenses.

A pedestrian walkway over Flamingo has been discussed previously, but they can't get anyone to pay for it.

I agree it is a shame the Rio and Palms are wasting away. The Fertittas will probably put some money into Palms, but not to its former glory. The Rio will only be save by new ownership.

 jucifers replied on Monday, 18th July 2016

Instead of building new hotels, would it be more cost effective for the Fertittas to partner with Boyd and Caesars to build a tram that connects Orleans, The Palms, Gold Coast and Rio with the stadium?

Would the synergies created by joining these properties be enough to pay for the tram? Would more people stay on the west side of I-15, if they could visit four separate properties without walking or hailing a cab?

 parchedearth replied on Monday, 18th July 2016

A new tram or light rail is a good possibility. Most likely it would connect the stadium to the strip; either along Tropicana to NYNY or along Harmon to Aria. Either location you could get either MGM and/or LVCA to pay for it. Best bet to Orleans, Palms, Rio, and Gold Coast would be shuttle or bus service.

 salkken responded on Sunday, 17th July 2016

Palms and Rio "former glory": Isn't the Palms barely 10 years old? How badly has it fallen? And what does the Rio need to be its formerly glorious self?

 talktobrent replied on Monday, 18th July 2016

The Palms heyday was in the early/mid 2000s when it was all over MTV and arguably at one brief point, the premier club scene in Vegas. It worked better during the bubble years because the market was more segmented and places like Wynn could eschew the club crowd in favor of white glove service types paying 300+ a night. The Palms was basically a bar, club, and pool scene with hotel rooms attached. Once the economy tanked and high end strip resorts looked to debt and parental savings fueled college kids to fill rooms, there was no need to bother with the Palms. Hard Rock seems to have suffered a similar fate, with little buzz beyond their longtime flagship pool party. There hasn't been a need for off strip nightlife in years, as all the biggest strip operators have fully embraced the eminence of drunk 20 somethings vomiting and/urinating in plantings and verandas.

 KickedBoar591 responded on Friday, 22nd July 2016

It would be pretty awesome to have a stadium right there. Nice and close to the freeway, similar to the way Angel Stadium is situated (and also served as the home of the Rams in the 1990s).

My favorite proposed location would be Cashman Field. But only if LVBLD could be closed on game days at Fremont Street and north so fans could walk to the game, similar to what happens in New Orleans.