UNLV hopes to have a stadium lease deal with the Raiders soon. Photo credit: Daniel Clark/LVSportsBiz.com

UNLV Deal to Use Raiders Stadium to Be Discussed at Thursday’s Stadium Board Meeting



The Raiders and UNLV are moving closer to a deal that will allow the university’s football team to play at the NFL team’s $1.9 billion domed stadium complex off Russell Road on the west side of I-15.


The UNLV lease deal at the Raiders’ 65,000-seat stadium, scheduled to open in 2020, is expected to be discussed at Thursday’s stadium board meeting. Interestingly enough, the stadium board meeting that is typically held monthly at the Clark County government center is being held at the UNLV campus’ Foundations Building.


UNLV hopes to get a lease approved to play at the Raiders stadium in early 2018.


Two months ago, LVSportsBiz.com reported UNLV had already spent $28,000 in legal fees as it ironed out details in the Raiders stadium agreement.


The next step is for Raiders-UNLV football stadium lease deal to go before the state Board of Regents. If the Regents members green light the lease, it would then return to the stadium authority board next year.


The Raiders will also update the stadium board on the project. The NFL team held a groundbreaking a month ago.


Groundbreaking was exactly a month ago.


The team will also give an update on the community benefits plan. LVSportsBiz.com has also reported extensively on this controversial topic. LVSportsBiz.com provided 10 highlights of the plan here.


Thursday’s meeting starts at 1 p.m. Look for tweeting and story coverage of the meeting before LVSportsBiz.com heads over to T-Mobile Arena for the Vegas Golden Knights-Pittsburgh Penguins game at 7 p.m. Thursday.


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Alan Snel brings decades of sports-business reporting experience to LVSportsBiz.com. Snel covered the business side of sports for the South Florida (Fort Lauderdale) Sun-Sentinel, the Tampa Tribune and Las Vegas Review-Journal. As a city hall beat reporter, Snel also covered stadium deals in Denver and Seattle. In 2000, Snel launched a sport-business website for FoxSports.com called FoxSportsBiz.com. After reporting sports-business for the RJ, Snel wrote hard-hitting stories on the Raiders stadium for the Desert Companion magazine in Las Vegas and The Nevada Independent. Snel is also one of the top bicycle advocates in the country.

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