One of the biggest issues at any sporting event is parking. It’s a hassle almost everywhere, and it causes an absurd amount of traffic. But imagine having to park three miles away from the stadium every single home game.
As crazy as that sounds, that’s what the Raiders are proposing when they make the move to Las Vegas. According to documents provided to Adam Candee of the Las Vegas Sun, the Raiders are asking UNLV to help them with parking on game days.
The Raiders and UNLV are sharing the proposed $1.9 billion stadium, but the stadium site will only have 2,400 parking spots available. That is only 15 percent of what is legally required for the 65,000-seat venue.
So, the Raiders are proposing that UNLV allow them to use 80 acres of its land for game-day parking, including the school’s Thomas & Mack Center which has 4,200 parking spots. The Raiders wouldn’t pay the school to use the land except for the revenue generated from parking fees.
But the parking on UNLV’s campus is three miles away from the stadium, so fans would have to take a shuttle every home game to get to the stadium.
In return, UNLV will get to decide whether they want to play on grass or on artificial turf, and the Raiders will do whatever the school wants at no cost as long as they change the logo before home games.
While the deal sounds great for both UNLV and the Raiders, it sounds like a nightmare for the fans. Parking is a big enough hassle anyway, and parking three miles away and taking a shuttle is ridiculous. The teams are using $750 million of taxpayers’ money to fund the stadium, which is set to open in 2020.
(h/t Pro Football Talk)