The former Oakland Raiders organization and UNLV are confronting many challenges that will come with a planned $1.9 billion joint-use stadium.
First up: parking.
The Raiders have reportedly asked UNLV to use nearly 80 acres of land for gameday and event parking.
According to a report from the Las Vegas Sun, which reviewed an initial draft of a proposed 30-year joint-use agreement required by state legislation, the Raiders are proposing they should not have to pay for use of the parking space beyond net revenue from parking fees during home games.
A study commissioned by the Raiders showed that the actual stadium site only includes parking for about 15 percent of what’s required under Clark County code for a 65,000-seat venue. Logistical concerns of using UNLV parking are many, including the fact that some of the proposed parking areas are three miles from the proposed stadium, and fans would have to be shuttled to games.
The final version of the 30-year plan will govern how the stadium is shared between the Raiders and UNLV. Other items that will be taken into consideration include whether the field will be grass or synthetic turf, how revenue from luxury suites and club seating will be handled, scheduling and advertising concerns, and how rent and staffing will be handled.
UNLV is reportedly most concerned about picking the type of field surface to be featured at the new stadium. The Raiders have conceded that choice to UNLV with stipulations depending on what UNLV chooses.
According to the draft of the agreement reviewed by the Sun, if UNLV decides on a grass field, the Raiders might be willing to share that field with the school. UNLV would then be responsible for clearing off any Rebels-related markings before the next Raiders home game. If the Rebels choose synthetic turf, the Rebels would have their own field and would be responsible for replacing it at the end of its life cycle.
The Sun reports that a session to negotiate and finalize the joint-use agreement could take place within the next few weeks. Construction on the new facility is set to begin in 2020.