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Report: UNLV to get domed stadium

Posted on: January 27, 2011 3:40 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

There aren't many FBS programs more downtrodden than UNLV, who haven't had a winning season or played in a bowl game since 2000 and have won more than two games only twice in the past seven seasons. Clearly, the Runnin' Rebels are in need of something big to turn the program around.

Fortunately, it looks like that something may be on its way. The Las Vegas Sun has reported that plans will be unveiled next week to build a "multipurpose sports and entertainment complex near campus," one that will include a domed stadium and be funded by Los Angeles billionaire Ed Roski as part of a "public-private partnership."

No timetable for the completion of the project (or its groundbreaking ,for that matter) appears to be set at this time.

The stadium will replace the off-campus Sam Boyd Stadium as UNLV's home football venue and -- one would have to assume, though the report doesn't raise the issue -- could take over as the host for the annual MAACO Bowl Las Vegas. It could prove to be a huge boon to the Rebels on several fronts; not only will the new facilities no doubt be a huge help for recruiting purposes, but a lively crowd and better atmosphere in a stadium much, much closer to campus could tip a few close home games in the Rebels' direction that tipped elsewhere at Sam Boyd.

Then again, the current edition of the Rebels -- 2-11 in Bobby Hauck's first year, with the only wins coming at home over fellow MWC sad-sacks Wyoming and New Mexico -- wouldn't be able to win if Jerry Jones had built his Dallas football space palace on their doorstep. It's going to take a lot more to revive UNLV football than a shiny new building.

But there's also no doubt that Hauck will take whatever help he can get, and certainly a state-of-the-art facility like the one Roski is proposing would be an awful lot of help indeed.

Since: Mar 12, 2008
Posted on: January 28, 2011 8:47 am

Report: UNLV to get domed stadium

This is a great idea. Sam Boyd Stadium is not one of my favorite places to visit for games. I love Vegas, but the stadium is no where near Campus and feels like it is on a dead end road. It seems very difficult to get in and out of and I can only imagine what it would be like if it held more than 35,000. My biggest issue, however, is the parking. Nothing like trudging through 6" of mud/ desert powder to and from a game.
I love the idea of a temperate stadium as well. This would be a favorable upgrade for sure.

Since: Jun 11, 2010
Posted on: January 28, 2011 8:01 am

Report: UNLV to get domed stadium

Great, now maybe besides UNLV, they can host a Superbowl, instead of having the game played in some cold northern city.  people will have a great time. big fan of Vegas! and don't try to say it won't happen because of gambling, what a load of crap that would be!   

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: January 27, 2011 9:49 pm

Report: UNLV to get domed stadium

By the way, thanks for writing this.  Small football programs like UNLV need coverage too.  In fact, I would say there are far more small programs than the USCs and Floridas of the world.

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: January 27, 2011 9:47 pm

Report: UNLV to get domed stadium

This is a program that needs some serious help and a dommed stadium should help a ton.  UNLV has not been anything since Randall Cunningham during the 1980's.  There was a guy who could play.  I got to see him play Cal State Fullerton in the rain.  Just fantastic!  He was so good.  Had a great pro career too.  A guy like this could help them grow also.  UNLV needs to do almost anything legal to help them get better because right now... Arg!

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