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Friday, July 8, 2016

New Las Vegas Sands NFL Oakland Raiders Stadium Site Clogs Airport Roadways

The Las Vegas Sands Corporation announced, via the Las Vegas Review, which is owned by Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson, that it's found a potential new site for its proposed new NFL Stadium for the Oakland Raiders in Las Vegas. It's located at something that's now called The Wild West Gambling Hall and Truck Stop, which is at 3330 West Tropicana Avenue. What's interesting about what's reported to be the 'new front-runner' stadium site, is it's just three blocks away from the original Tropicana site that's so close to the Runway 19 at McCarran International Airport, and the same land parcel that caused Southwest Airlines to send a blistering letter rejecting the idea of a stadium on that site. In the letter, Southwest Airlines' Bob Montgomery wrote of a concern not just for restricting runway use, but “roadway gridlock.” From that perspective, it's hard to see how a new land site for a 65,000 seat to 80,000 seat NFL stadium will do anything to solve Southwest's roadway gridlock concern. While fans of the idea of the Raiders in Las Vegas act as if this is already a done-deal, the new site is just an idea, and Las Vegas Sands has not at all held deal-making talks to buy it. Moreover, what's not known is if Southwest will express comfort with a property that's still so close to McCarran as to certainly cause the same traffic problems feared. A look at a map shows that the basic streets and freeways that lead to McCarran from the Las Vegas Strip would hold more traffic from the operation of an NFL stadium during an event than they do today. It's hard to see Southwest approving of this new alternative. Back to the drawing board.



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