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Old June 17th, 2016, 06:00 AM   #141
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Self-driving minibus to hit streets in Las Vegas
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Self-driving minibus to hit streets in Las Vegas
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Old June 21st, 2016, 04:56 AM   #143
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Cleveland Cavaliers toast NBA championship at XS

They arrived at McCarran International Airport at 1 a.m. and headed directly to the award-winning mega-club. Gorgeous cocktail servers were already decked out in LeBron jerseys with a custom cake made to replicate the Larry O’Brien championship trophy.
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Old June 22nd, 2016, 05:28 PM   #144
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Panel won’t finalize Las Vegas stadium financing, but it could come close

The state panel that’s developing a financing plan for a domed stadium in Las Vegas won’t finalize the proposal at its Thursday meeting, but it could come close.

The 11-member Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee has until the end of next month to deliver nonbinding recommendations to Gov. Brian Sandoval on the stadium, a Las Vegas Convention Center expansion and other big projects intended to boost the region’s visitor-driven economy.

Steve Hill, director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and chairman of the infrastructure panel, said he hopes the committee can get through a checklist of stadium questions during Thursday’s meeting at UNLV. Among them: the role of a stadium authority board in making development decisions and overseeing operations.

But final decisions and recommendations probably wouldn’t be made until a July 11 meeting, Hill said Tuesday.

The committee’s biggest recommendations would require legislative approval to become reality, either during a special session or the 2017 regular session.
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Old June 23rd, 2016, 05:04 AM   #145
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Las Vegas awarded NHL expansion team

After decades of trying, Las Vegas skated into the major leagues Wednesday with the National Hockey League’s decision to award billionaire businessman Bill Foley an expansion franchise beginning with the 2017-18 season.

Foley will pay $500 million to join the league as its 31st team. The yet-to-be-named team, which collected more than 14,000 season ticket deposits as part of its “Vegas Wants Hockey” campaign beginning Feb. 10, 2015 through May, 2016, will play its home games at the 17,500-seat T-Mobile Arena.

With Foley at his side, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced the decision by the league’s Board of Governors to expand at a news conference at Encore. The vote, which was unanimous, followed the recommendation of the nine-member Executive Committee, which met June 7 in New York and advised expansion to Las Vegas.

Quebec City, which also had put in a bid to join the NHL, had its expansion plans put on hold.
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Old June 23rd, 2016, 05:05 PM   #146
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Picking team name, logo tops list of what’s next for Las Vegas’ NHL franchise
Owner Bill Foley eases off Black Knights at expansion announcement

“We have a number of names that we’re going to send to the league and we’ll get the league’s view on the names,” Foley said. “Then we’re going to follow through and come up with something pretty quickly.”

The Black Knights was the presumed favorite team name for more than a year as a homage to Foley’s alma mater of West Point. For the first time, Foley hedged on the Black Knights shortly after Commissioner Gary Bettman announced he was awarded the team.

“I have to go through a process,” he said. “I like the name, maybe it’s political correctness that's not perfect. That’s all I will say.”

“We need to get this name, get this logo done and start selling some jerseys,” he said.

“My goal is to make it an international brand, so people come from China or they come from Europe, and they walk away and they’re wearing our jerseys, wearing our hats, wearing our T-shirts, have gym bags and so on.”

Foley offered no insight into his short list of names, though he noted it would reflect the team’s culture. And Foley is ambitious in that regard, as the best one-word way to describe what he hopes to instill is “win.”
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Old June 24th, 2016, 04:54 AM   #147
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Alternative stadium plan suggests $550 million in public money instead of $750 million

The head of an influential state tourism panel today suggested slashing the amount of public money for a proposed domed football stadium by $200 million, triggering strong pushback from the project’s private backers.

At a meeting of the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee, Chairman Steve Hill introduced an alternative plan to fund the much-debated 65,000-seat stadium that could attract the Raiders to Las Vegas. The plan was not received well by representatives of the Raiders and the two companies teaming up to back the project, Las Vegas Sands Corp. and Majestic Realty Co.

The alternative entails using $550 million in money through hotel room taxes rather than the $750 million initially proposed.

Under that vision, the stadium cost would total $1.45 billion, which includes $50 million for land acquisition and $100 million for a practice facility. The Raiders would be responsible for $500 million, while Sands and Majestic would contribute $400 million.
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Old June 26th, 2016, 02:17 AM   #148
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Now that Las Vegas has NHL team, is it ready for Raiders?

The latest funding proposal calls for a $500 million contribution from the Raiders, $400 million from the Sands and Majestic developers, and $500 million from the public through hotel room taxes. The private partners, pushing for $750 million in public money throughout the process, reacted negatively to the surprise changes, revealed to them Wednesday afternoon and made public at Thursday morning’s committee meeting.

The next SNTIC meetings are scheduled for July 11 and 28, and recommending a funding plan and stadium site will be priorities. The final hurdle, assuming the stadium ultimately gets a green light from the Nevada Legislature and Gov. Brian Sandoval, is approval of the Raiders’ relocation from 24 of 32 NFL owners.

And Aguero knows there are more numbers stacking up in Las Vegas’ favor as a major-league city. In the past year, 2,061 new businesses opened in Southern Nevada; the population grew by 2.21 percent in 2015, ranking Las Vegas as the fifth-fastest growing metropolitan area in the nation, according to the U.S. Census Bureau; visitor spending exceeded $22 billion; and McCarran International Airport annually ranks as one of the nation’s 10 busiest airports.

There are several strong economic indicators that show Las Vegas is on the rise and ready for the major leagues. Among NFL cities — excluding Oakland and counting New York, which has two teams, as one market — Las Vegas would rank 24th out of 31 with a median household income of $52,070, according to figures researched by Applied Analysis.

“The economy is the best it has been in 10 years,” Aguero said. “In population growth, we’re the fifth-fastest growing metropolitan area in the United States. In employment growth, I think we’re in the top three in the country relative to that. We’ve had 2,000 businesses open up in the past year alone. Visitor volume is at the highest level we’ve ever seen. So the combination of those things, if you ask whether the market is trending in the right direction, the answer is absolutely yes.

The visitor element is what makes Las Vegas unique as opposed to other small-market NFL cities.
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Old June 27th, 2016, 05:32 AM   #149
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New gaming spaces, restaurants underline Cosmopolitan’s ongoing transformation

Cosmopolitan has bolstered its already industry-leading restaurant lineup with the addition of Beauty & Essex (a partnership with Tao Group and chef/restaurateur Chris Santos) and Eggslut (the walk-up diner out of L.A.), and the announcement of Momofuku (the Michelin two-star noodle restaurant founded by David Chang) and Milk Bar to open this year. In a stroke of luck, Milk Bar’s Christina Tosi earned a James Beard Award for Best Pastry Chef just a week after the partnership with the Cosmo was announced.

“We tore out Book & Stage and dedicated Clique to take 45 percent of the footprint, because we just needed a cool place to have a really cold drink and conversation, and we built this new, high-limit destination slot room,” McBeath says. “Our commitment to play in that space was the biggest game-changer we have had.”

The southeast corner of the casino was used for the new-and-improved sports book. “We extended the casino experience into this space, where we had 135 (slot) units, underperforming, and designed a race and sports book with a bar in the center. Something that would be appealing to anyone who wants a socialized experience, with pool tables and 22 video-poker machines that make more money than the 135 games they displace. The handle on the sports book has doubled, and the slots and beverage handle is great. We took this giant, dead Marvin Gardens space and at least put it close to a Pennsylvania Avenue.”

The theater at RRL has sat dormant since “Vegas Nocturne” bugged out in July 2014. McBeath and his team have entertained a wide variety of concepts and sent officials across the country to scout shows.

“The showroom needs to have a dedicated entertainment policy, and I don’t think that room can take two train wrecks in a row,” McBeath says. “I have to be very confident of what we do in there. As you know, there is no guarantee for success in any entertainment policy. I went through two shows that closed in my old life, with ‘Viva Elvis’ and ‘Zarkana.’ We’ll find something in there. Nothing is off the table, and it will be something where the economics work for all parties.”

As a sort of parting shot, the Cosmo’s chief added, “It has to be a good deal. To quote Steve, ‘It’s easy to do a bad deal, because there are so many of them out there.’ That voice resonates in the back of my mind every time I sit down and look at what we’re planning.”
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The Mermaids Casino, as well as La Bayou and Glitter Gulch on the Fremont Street Experience, are set to close on Monday as Derek and Greg Stevens prepare to build a new casino there on Friday, June 24, 2016.
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Ready to rock ‘n’ roll: Hard Rock Hotel expands meeting and convention space in Vegas
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Final four stadium sites for Raiders up for debate

Andy Abboud, Las Vegas Sands’ senior vice president of government relations and community development, said eight to 12 sites have been examined. But these appear to be the final four:

TROPICANA AVENUE

Pros: Close to UNLV campus; land transaction would be simple.

Cons: Possible opposition from FAA because of proximity to McCarran International Airport.

FORMER RIVIERA HOTEL SITE

Pros: Large land mass for stadium, parking.

Cons: Land was previously earmarked for Las Vegas Convention Center expansion.

ROCK IN RIO FESTIVAL GROUNDS

Pros: Close to I-15.

Cons: Ingress/egress improvements needed to avoid traffic snarls; land could cost as much as $200 million.

CASHMAN FIELD

Pros: Available soon with 51s expected to move.

Cons: Far from the Strip and airport; not easily accessible from I-15.
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Raiders distribute survey on interest in team relocating

The Oakland Raiders have distributed an 83-question survey through the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce to gauge interest in the team’s potential relocation to Las Vegas and the construction of a domed stadium to house the team.

The survey was emailed Monday to more than 10,000 addresses in the chamber’s database.

The Raiders’ survey seeks answers to 83 questions ranging from level of interest in the team coming to Las Vegas to preferences in stadium seating. The survey doesn’t include questions on public vs. private financing of the project.
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Old July 2nd, 2016, 04:32 AM   #154
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Southwest Airlines doesn’t want stadium next to airport

The airline with the largest share of passenger traffic at McCarran International Airport doesn't want an NFL stadium nearby, saying football fans' cars could clog the roads for passengers trying to catch flights and bright signage and pyrotechnics could hinder pilots' vision.

Southwest Airlines executives wrote a letter to Clark County Commission Chair Steve Sisolak this week, saying they were "extremely concerned" about placing the proposed 65,000-seat stadium on land UNLV owns across from the airport. That 42-acre parcel was the focus of initial stadium discussions, although other sites are under consideration, including ones on the Las Vegas Strip.

"A stadium, whether open or domed, located less than half a mile from the ends of two of McCarran's major runways will restrict operations at McCarran International Airport, and will erode safety, security and capacity at the airport," said the letter, which was signed by Southwest vice presidents Bob Montgomery and Capt. Craig Drew.

The officials also said noise will be a conflict, and loud, low-flying planes could "render the stadium useless for anything but large sporting events, especially concerts."
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Summer League has become Las Vegas’ NBA franchise

“It was just an event that was there for the GMs and the coaches to evaluate their players,” said Las Vegas Events President Pat Christenson. “When they approached us, it was with this idea of taking it to a different level.”

That level looks entirely different from the smaller leagues in Orlando and Utah, and each year it continues to grow. Over the past five, attendance at the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion has nearly doubled to more than 100,000. And during what’s usually a slow business month in Las Vegas, Las Vegas Events pegs the total economic impact of last year’s Summer League at $29.5 million, with expectations that the recent growth isn’t a fluke.

“I think it’s just starting,” Christenson said. “I think what’s happened now is, the word has gotten out.”
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Floyd Mayweather Jr.,one of the greatest boxers of all time says he’s opening a strip club in Las Vegas
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MGM Resorts International expands solar array, now nation’s largest
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SYDELL GROUP’S VEGAS PROJECTS WILL BRING A NEW LEVEL OF HIPSTER CHIC
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Coming soon: Take a peek inside the Lucky Dragon
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Where would the Raiders touch down in Las Vegas? Stadium sites abound

The 11-member Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee should move closer to an answer on Monday, when backers of the stadium project are expected to provide an update on potential sites.

Officials need to get a firm grasp on where the stadium might be located in order to determine various costs, such as those related to land and road improvements. Those considerations will almost certainly push the total cost of the stadium project, which could bring the Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas, beyond its commonly cited $1.4 billion price tag.

Taking other location-specific factors into account also should allow for a more thorough debate about the public’s share of the cost. The stadium’s private backers have proposed that $750 million come from public funds, likely room taxes, but an alternative plan introduced by the committee chairman called for $550 million in public money.
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