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MGM cuts ties with Walter's Golf as Walter's Golf looking to sell Bali Hai to Sands

Last edit: TheLostOnes on Monday, 8th August 2016 1:49 pm
Last response by vespajet 11th August 10:56am

Developers for a proposed NFL stadium in Las Vegas have narrowed down their top picks for a location to four, but one is a leading contender.

Sands Corporation and Majestic Realty, the lead developers on the project, said the Bali Hai Golf Club is the top pick.

“The Bali Hai sight, we think is the top location right now, because of its proximity to Interstate 15, Interstate 215, and its access to side streets and feasibility to the stadium area,” said Andy Abboud, of Sands Corporation.

The Bali Hai Golf Club is approximately 140 acres. Abboud said it is right amount of space for a domed stadium with 65-thousand seats and the parking to compliment it.

FOX5 spoke with football fans on the possibility of bringing a NFL stadium to the city and the possibility of the Raiders calling it home.

“I have a lot of friends in Chicago who are Raiders fans and they would absolutely love it. It’s cheaper to get to Las Vegas than it is to San Francisco or Oakland,” said Don Nole, who is visiting from Chicago.

“The Raiders work in Oakland. Play in Oakland and it’s not a very nice place to play and this would be quite a bit warmer if it was a domed stadium. It would be really nice for them,” said Scott Huffmaster, who is visiting from Sacramento.

Abboud said one perk for locals is that they will not be paying for the stadium.

“It will be paid for by our room tax which is a very strong contributor to the tax base and our economy here, so with a very small increase in the room tax paid for by tourists and the rest is being paid for by Sheldon Adelson and other investors,” said Abboud.

The Sands Corporation said it is also working with McCarran Airport to avoid any issues with air traffic.

An oversight committee is expected to the review the site at the next meeting scheduled for Aug, 25.

All MGM properties received an email stating to destroy any material that has MGM affiliated with Walter's Golf...

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 vespajet responded on Tuesday, 9th August 2016

It's proximity to the airport is a plus as well. Feasibly, the charter flights for visiting teams could park on the ramp at Signature Flight Support and be right across the street from the stadium.

 fudgewapner replied on Tuesday, 9th August 2016

Exactly! Assuming the FAA approves it!

Looking at maps, they could make a moving sky bridge across LVB. Can't be more than 1/2 mile?

Mandalay Bay would benefit with "Stadium View" rooms, event parking jacked fees, perhaps they could even reconfigure some of their parking area into a Mansion-esque high rollers / NFL specific area?

 anawas replied on Tuesday, 9th August 2016

Actually, anything that benefits MGM via Mandalay Bay "upgrades" might be a drawback for Adelson/Sands and any other casino partners (Red Rock Resorts?) trying to benefit from building a stadium. But it's probably not enough of a drawback to squelch the project.

The FAA / airport proximity seem like a bigger hurdle. Stadiums are tall. One near-airport location (I think on Tropicana) already is unlikely to happen. A stadium at Bali Hai only works if it is situated on the north part of the golf course, which sits alongside the runways, instead of the ends.

One good thing: Pyrotechnics can be enclosed inside a domed stadium, which shouldn't disrupt flights. Speaking of the dome, how cool would it be to have a translucent top for a skylight effect?

Finally, I feel like a NFL stadium only gets used about 20-25 times a year: 8 pro games, a couple preseason games, 6 college football games, a bowl game, a couple high school championships, and some ginormous concerts.

That's a lot of infrastructure to build just to have it sit dormant so often ... and it assumes the Raiders actually move to Vegas.

 jucifers replied on Wednesday, 10th August 2016

Could a deal be in the works between MGM and Adelson to gut the Las Vegas Convention Authority? MGM gets the stadium site they want, and Adelson gets LVCA expansion cancelled.

 vespajet replied on Thursday, 11th August 2016

A smart option would be for the stadium to also be used by UNLV, as they've been looking at a replacement for Sam Boyd Stadium and this would be much closer to campus. The Falcons, Dolphins, Titans, Steelers, Chargers, Rams, Eagles, and Buccaneers share their stadiums with a local NCAA team (The Patriots share to a lesser extent, as they host four UMASS home games as part of a deal that expires after this season.). With a domed stadium, it's a venue that can hold a wide variety of events year-round, plus some of the events currently held at Sam Boyd Stadium would likely relocate as well. While I doubt that the NCAA would ever award a Final Four to Vegas, they've long preferred holding the Men's Final Four in domed stadiums to arenas.