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Raiders work on stadium parking

A neighborhood on the verge of change: the site of the future Raiders stadium and current debate over parking. (Jeff Gillan | KSNV)

Right now, our ticket to the National Football League is nothing more than an empty piece of land across from Mandalay Bay off I-15. Construction on the $1.9 billion dollar home of the Las Vegas Raiders is scheduled to begin in November.

On game day, 65,000 fans will be there. Thousands will drive.

Here's the problem: the site has room for 2,375 parking spaces.

Problem is ... county code says they need 16,250, which means the Raiders will have to find almost 14,000 other places to park in this neighborhood.

“Parking is a huge challenge. They're aware of that,” says County Commissioner Steve Sisolak, who’s been intimately involved in the stadium saga.

Sisolak brought the Raiders, officials from town boards, and others together for a question-and-answer session Wednesday night. One topic was parking.

Today, there's a closer look at the numbers from the Raiders' parking consultant, Kimley Horn.

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What's available, according to them?

  • 1,100 spots on the street - if allowed.
  • 29,100 at nearby resorts, thanks to excess spaces in garages.
  • 6,700 spaces at UNLV.
  • 16,100 spaces on surrounding undeveloped land.
  • 13,000 parking spots at the Bali Hai golf course.

Sisolak says some of that is unrealistic.

For example, that on street parking?

“There is no on-street parking to the west there,” Sisolak says. “It’s not allowed for the businesses that are in there. We’re not going to allow it for the Raiders - that’s just not an acceptable alternative.”

Sisolak downplayed UNLV as an option, saying parking spaces there could not be counted on consistently. As for hotels, he isn’t sure that’s a plausible option, either. He does say whatever solution the team finds - has to last.

“We don’t need a three-year solution, a five year, a ten-year solution. It’s 30 years: that’s the lease the Raiders have with the stadium. The solution for parking has to last 30 years,” Sisolak says.

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But the team will have help.

Lots of fans will get rides ... think taxis, Uber, and Lyft.

And there's talk the Monorail could be extended to Mandalay Place, directly across from the stadium.

People could walk from there and a parking deal may be in the works.

Sisolak says some nearby landowners have approached the team, but he would not disclose specifics.

“Some landowners have grouped-up and have approached the team. I don’t know the numbers. They’ve called me and I put them in touch with the Raiders,” Sisolak says.

A stadium has local sellers seeing dollar signs, and for the Raiders, parking will come with a price.

“There are solutions. The problem is your solutions are either expensive, more expensive, or more expensive,” says Sisolak.

The team may have more information soon. It makes a presentation to the Paradise Town Board next week and it goes before the Clark County Zoning Commission the week after that.

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