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Press Conference scheduled to announce plans to build new UNLV football stadium

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LAS VEGAS - SEPTEMBER 04:  The UNLV Rebels take the field for their season opener against the Wisconsin Badgers at Sam Boyd Stadium September 4 2010 in Las Vegas Nevada.  Wisconsin won 41-21.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - SEPTEMBER 04: The UNLV Rebels take the field for their season opener against the Wisconsin Badgers at Sam Boyd Stadium September 4 2010 in Las Vegas Nevada. Wisconsin won 41-21. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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This has gone from simply reports to some concrete stuff. Jim Livengood sent out an e-mail today saying that Majestic Realty Company, owned by Ed Roski, is going to be holding a press conference on Tuesday at the Silverton  to introduce a proposal for a brand-new indoor football stadium on campus at UNLV. Anyone in the Las Vegas area who would like to come to the announcement is invited per Livengood himself. This proposal not only includes a football stadium, but apparently a few other things as well:

In addition to being the new home of Rebel football, this proposed project would also bring new retail, entertainment, and restauraunt facilities to the campus and the surrounding area.

Here was the news report from NBC 3 before it was officially announced that a Press Conference is to be held.

 


Not mentioned in Livengood's e-mail was the fact that this proposal would also consist of rennovations to the Thomas & Mack Center. UNLV President Neal Smatstrek gives this away in a statement on Wednesday:

This is an attractive proposition. UNLV long has been interested in brining UNLV Football to the main campus and in updating the Thomas & Mack Center. During these challenging economic times, we are pursuing partnerships that will help us retain or grow revenues.

There hasn't been any official word on where the Stadium would be built, but the ideal place would be across the street from the Thomas & Mack Center where there is an overflow lot and giant dirt lot.

No matter what all the tiny details turn out to be, the fact is that this is a press conference announcing a proposal, not announcing the construction. While I don't think there would be any reason for the Board of Regents to deny a privately funded giant construction project, it still is a possibility that this doesn't get done. In the meantime, us MWC fans can celebrate that the Rebels finally have something going for them when it comes to their football program.

 

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