Sands Corp. Proposes $1 Billion Stadium to Lure NFL Team to Las Vegas

Some bigtime sports news has nearly caused Sin City’s collective head to ‘splode, so here it is: Las Vegas Sands Corp. has proposed a $1 billion, 65,000-seat stadium to be built on 42 acres recently purchased by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Yes, that’s a big deal, but that’s not all.

Las Vegas Sands executives, including CEO Sheldon Adelson, are meeting with reps of the Oakland Raiders, leading to speculation the team could relocate to Las Vegas.

This is pretty much where all the heads ‘sploded, in case you’re keeping score at home.

Las Vegas Raiders

Fun fact: The Raiders logo was inspired by our friend and Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist Norm Clarke. Look, we needed a Vegas tie-in, so that’s the story we’re sticking to.

This news sparks a lot more questions than answers, mainly along the lines of “WTF?”

If Sands Corp. wanted to build a stadium, why didn’t they purchase the land involved rather than paying for a stadium on somebody else’s land?

Given the history of antagonism between the NFL and Las Vegas (“Gambling, bad!”), has something suddenly changed?

Is the Raiders meeting just a ploy to intimidate Oakland into building a new stadium for the team?

There are others more qualified to provide an analysis of the liklihood of the stadium project and Raider move scenario transpiring. Oh, who are we kidding? Everyone is more qualified to provide an analysis of the liklihood of this scenario transpiring. Some of those include the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Ralston Reports, ESPN and Fox Sports.

If the Raiders, or any NFL team, come to Las Vegas, that’ll make two professional teams, as an NHL expansion team is expected to take up residence in the new Las Vegas Arena.

Rumors about arena and stadium projects in Las Vegas are as plentiful as showgirls with eating disorders, so we’ll see if this one pans out. Having someone with deep pockets behind the project, rather than just the usual high hopes and questionable Asian financing, got our attention.

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  • Kram Sacul

    Vegas and the Raiders are a perfect match.

  • Jerry Duffy

    “Rumors about arena and stadium projects in Las Vegas are as plentiful as showgirls with eating disorders, so we’ll see if this one pans out.”

    Vital Vegas line of the year, so far.

  • Troy Swezey

    Raiders fans are terrible people. This could be the worse thing to happen to Las Vegas.
    I am sure Circus Circus loves the idea though!

    • I’m not sure I see the connection between an NFL team playing in a stadium near the airport and Circus Circus, but always appreciate your thoughts.

  • Quina Aparicio

    This location benefits MGM. I doubt that Sheldon Adelson is going to spend one billion for filling the casino MGM Grand.

    I think that he would choose any other location before this.

    • This is near the airport, but you could be right. I could be a bigger benefit to Green Valley Ranch, then.

      • Quina Aparicio

        Right! Green Valley Ranch always makes a profit.

        • It doesn’t? I thought that one was doing well.

  • Bouldersteve

    The Raiders are exploring their options. If the Chargers to not relocate to LA in the new stadium the Rams are building then the Raiders would be able to relocate there. LA would be a better choice simply by the market..much larger.However we have seen this story too many times. A team threatens to leave a city unless they get a new stadium.Any move would require a 2 thirds approval by the owners.Would love to see the Raiders in Vegas but i would not bet on it.

  • Charles Auer

    I just can’t see any way the FAA would approve a project this big so close to the end of a commercial runway.