Las Vegas Sun

April 19, 2015

Currently: 77° — Complete forecast | Log in | Create an account

Regent questions priorities behind UNLV Now stadium project

Regent Allison Stephens accused UNLV officials on Friday of catering to the resort community at the expense of students.

The first-year regent urged UNLV officials to think about building a student village first – before embarking on a new on-campus stadium. Both are included in plans the university and regents are considering.

Stephens argued that UNLV ought to be thinking more about its students' education and less about whether the proposed UNLV Now stadium meets the needs of the resort industry.

"We are talking about a university campus," she said. "We are an institution of higher education."

After the meeting, UNLV Now project leader Don Snyder called the stadium a "game-changer" for UNLV that benefits its students.

The university may gain financially from the stadium proceeds, but its students can benefit from increased opportunities in the business and hospitality industries, Snyder said.

"You can't build a great community without having a great university," he said. "You can't improve your university without a really viable economy."

Join the Discussion:

Check this out for a full explanation of our conversion to the LiveFyre commenting system and instructions on how to sign up for an account.

Full comments policy

Previous Discussion: comments so far…

Comments are moderated by Las Vegas Sun editors. Our goal is not to limit the discussion, but rather to elevate it. Comments should be relevant and contain no abusive language. Comments that are off-topic, vulgar, profane or include personal attacks will be removed. Full comments policy. Additionally, we now display comments from trusted commenters by default. Those wishing to become a trusted commenter need to verify their identity or sign in with Facebook Connect to tie their Facebook account to their Las Vegas Sun account. For more on this change, read our story about how it works and why we did it.

Only trusted comments are displayed on this page. Untrusted comments have expired from this story.

No trusted comments have been posted.