The proposed 60,000 seat Las Vegas domed stadium keeps inching closer to reality. Today, the Oakland Raiders submitted a proposed stadium lease agreement to the Las Vegas Stadium Authority ( the new governing board for the stadium) that calls for the team to pay rent of only $1 per year.
The Raiders President Marc Badain said the team is now focused on building the domed stadium on 62 acres between Russell Road and Hacienda Avenue between Polaris Avenue and Dean Martin Drive. That is just west of Interstate 15 and the Mandalay Bay resort.
To give you a better idea of where exactly this is, I included a short video showing the land. The land sits empty but the surrounding area is mostly warehouses and low-rise office buildings. Many of them will probably be cleared to make more room for parking and other amenities.
The other location originally proposed was right across from the “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign and the end of one of the major runways at McCarren International Airport. That location is currently a golf course and came with a lot of political strings attached. Not to mention part of the land sits in the safety zone for the runways, meaning no building or very low structures.
The location now being looked at is not ideal but fits the needs and desires of the stadium. It’s close to the Las Vegas Strip. Close to the University of Nevada-Las Vegas (UNLV) campus for the college football team and fans and is close to the Interstate highway.