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Breakdown: What Went Wrong Between UNLV And Stadium Partner Majestic
Breakdown: What Went Wrong Between UNLV And Stadium Partner Majestic

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AIR DATE: April 8, 2013

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Craig Cavileer, President of the Silverton Hotel and Casino and lead for Majestic Realty
Don Snyder, Project Leader, UNLV Now
 

BY MARIE ANDRUSEWICZ -- Majestic’s Craig Cavileer says he’s ‘disappointed’ with UNLV’s decision to part ways with his company on the stadium project, a 60,000 seat mega-venue with a price tag of $900 million.

“We’ve always been able to rally around and move the ball forward, and to be dismissed midsession and to have them continue with the vision – we’re not in misalignment over the vision, or the scale, or the scope of the project,” says Cavileer.

 

Where UNLV and Majestic failed to achieve alignment is in the project’s funding – the partners had been working together to lobby the legislature to create a special tax district for the stadium. But, according to Cavileer, “Just because everyone isn’t singing kumbaya around a public funding plan, that doesn’t explain getting rid of the partner that brought this project to you.”

Don Snyder, project leader for the stadium, says things change, and that as the project exists now, the university must seek buy-in from public partners beyond Majestic – specifically, the resorts.

 
 
 

“When this project started, it was very much a UNLV project, focused on bringing football back on campus, creating more of a campus feel,” says Snyder. “As the project evolved it became more than just a UNLV-centric project,” to involve the community as a whole.

Snyder says that Majestic was an unnecessary third party between UNLV and the resorts.

“I’m more comfortable today that the project is going to move ahead with the two entities that will benefit from the project.”

 

 

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    COMMENTS:
    The UNLV stadium is a *HORRIBLE* idea for many, many reasons: 1) it is a VERY bad location that will both occupy very limited land that is better suited for academic buildings *and* cause hyper-congestion around the airport and university (T&M Center is already a nightmare whenever there is an event), 2) parking is already inadequate at UNLV, 3) it will be used for mostly non-university events, so why involve UNLVs land and taxpayer subsidies?, and 4) according to studies I've read, *every* "public" stadium in the country is essentially welfare for rich teams/corporations, i.e. the true economic benefit is nil. Bottom line, if a stadium is viable economically and such a "good idea", why not let private business build it on land they own at their expense, 100%, because providing entertainment (at taxpayer expense) to taxpayers is not even close to being a proper function of government or a university. The only reason everyone is crowding around UNLV is for the taxpayer money that they will get!
    Tom HurstMar 30, 2013 18:32:42 PM
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