Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014 | 4:10 p.m.
The Clark County Commission signed off today on plans for a 22,000-seat arena on the north end of the Las Vegas Strip.
The approval is a first step for the proposed $1.3 billion project spearheaded by former UNLV basketball and NBA player Jackie Robinson. The plans presented today also include a 44-story hotel, a movie theater and an events plaza with food and retail.
The arena would be privately funded and not require any state or local tax incentives.
It would be located on the east side of Las Vegas Boulevard, just south of Sahara Avenue, at the site of the former Wet and Wild water park.
The project still faces several hurdles, chief among them luring an NBA franchise as an anchor tenant for the complex.
Developers will also have to address concerns from neighbors about the traffic and noise pollution from the arena.