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Board votes to delay planning on proposed UNLV stadium until 2017

Campus Improvement Authority Board wants timeline extension

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Updated: 8/30 11:25 am

LAS VEGAS – The UNLV Campus Improvement Authority Board agreed Thursday to request an extension of the timeline for its work on a proposed UNLV stadium.

The board was to submit a report and recommendations to the Nevada Legislature by Sept. 30 on the need for, feasibility of, and financing options related to a new stadium on or near the UNLV campus.

“Major capital projects such as these require public financing, take time to develop, but based on experience, they’re worth the effort,”  said UNLV acting president and CIAB chair Donald Snyder. “A new stadium will have tremendous benefits for UNLV and Southern Nevada, but it needs to be done the right way and at the right time, for both UNLV and the community.”

The CIAB has also discussed the type, size, and potential cost of various stadium options. The report and recommendations are to be presented for discussion during the 2015 Nevada Legislative Session.

The extension, which would require action by state legislators in 2015, would enable the CIAB to continue its work through the 2017 Nevada Legislative Session.

“I think the need for a new state-of-the-art collegiate stadium has been clearly demonstrated and the project can be viable, but as I’ve said before, this is a work in progress and projects like this take time,” Snyder said. “This stadium is an important project for the long-term future of the community and UNLV, but it must be weighed against all the other needs at the university and in Southern Nevada. We will continue to work on this project, but it will be developed over a longer period of time.”

The 11-member board, made up of public- and private-sector business leaders, began meeting in October 2013. The CIAB’s report and accompanying recommendations will be submitted to the Nevada Legislature by Sept. 30.

Extending the authority of the CIAB through the end of the 2017 legislative session will allow it to continue to explore additional funding options and refine other elements of the project.

In the meantime, UNLV will continue to pursue obtaining or securing options on property to accommodate a potential stadium or alternative uses for UNLV.

Snyder said he made the recommendation to the board after reflecting on the current economic environment, the multiple demands for revenue streams, the uncertainty of the tax structure, and to be respectful of and to balance current community needs with those of the university.

UNLV is seeking funds for such major initiatives as the UNLV School of Medicine, a new building for the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration, and for UNLV's Tier One initiative aimed at elevating UNLV as a research institution, improving student graduation rates, and enhancing community engagement and economic development activities.

The CIAB is scheduled to meet on Sep. 11 and Sep. 25 at noon in the Blasco Event Wing of the UNLV Foundations Building.

-- UNLV news release

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