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September 18, 2018

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Officials: Remote parking will ease congestion around new stadium

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Steve Marcus

Construction continues on the Raiders Stadium west of Mandalay Bay Tuesday, July 24, 2018. STEVE MARCUS

The parking plan for the Raiders stadium in Las Vegas will spread out the game-day experience, easing congestion and benefitting businesses near several remote lots, team and Clark County officials said today at a Zoning Commission meeting.

Planned parking for the $1.84 billion, 65,000-seat domed stadium just west of the Strip includes four satellite lots with about 12,000 spaces. The lots — two southeast of the stadium and two to the northwest — will all permit tailgating, Raiders President Marc Badain said.

The Bali Hai Golf Club was ruled out as a possibility because after months of work, the team couldn’t reach a deal to use part of the site, Badain said.

The parking sites include the Orleans (4,625 spaces), a lot at Las Vegas Boulevard and Blue Diamond Road (up to 3,625 spaces), the former Southwest Gas facility at Arville Street and Tropicana Avenue (1,175 spaces), and a lot at Las Vegas Boulevard and Arby Avenue (2,500 spaces). There are up to 2,725 on-site spaces in the plan.

“I’m excited about the off-site Las Vegas Raiders experience,” Clark County Commissioner Larry Brown said. “The fact that we are dispersing the parking, I think that is going to create the opportunity throughout the valley. And shopping centers, neighboring casinos, taverns...they’re all going to become part of the Raiders experience.”

Spreading out the parking will make it easier to get in and out of the stadium on game days, as opposed to funneling more than 16,000 vehicles into an already congested area directly surrounding the stadium, officials said. The Raiders are set to start playing at the new stadium in 2020.

All the lots will be paved and charge a fee that will include a shuttle to and from the stadium, Badain said.

“We consider this an urban model, because we’re trying to take advantage being the proximity of the hotels, resorts and the entertainment features,” said Don Webb, chief operating officer of StadCo, the company responsible for building the stadium.

“An urban model has multiple ways in and out, and in our case, it’s going to facilitate probably 20,000 people or so walking across Hacienda (Drive) from MGM properties and others on the southern end of the Strip,” Webb said.