Everyone is talking about the Raiders’ plans to relocate to Las Vegas but the narrative that is getting less coverage is the benefit the new stadium would have on UNLV football.
The Las Vegas Sands has made it clear that if their $1 billion stadium proposal were to go through that UNLV will call the venue home.
— Sands (@LasVegasSands) January 29, 2016
UNLV head coach Tony Sanchez is excited about the possibility of calling the proposed stadium home.
“The fact that those conversations are going on between the Sands and UNLV, it’s an exciting thing. If it comes to fruition, it would be an amazing thing,” Sanchez said. “It would really help us with recruiting at the highest level and would provide a venue that people would be talking about for a long time. It would be one of the most unique venues in college football.
“(An on-campus stadium) changes the dynamic of game day for the student body. It’s so easy for them to walk on over. It’s right in the heart of Vegas and would create a really unique game day atmosphere.”
UNLV athletic director Tina Kunzer-Murphy feels that both a pro team and UNLV football could both play in the venue.
“To have discussions about a pro football team and a new stadium is wonderful. It only benefits what we’re trying to do,” Kunzer-Murphy said. “Will it happen? I’m a dreamer, like a lot of people here in Las Vegas. I think great things can happen with a lot of individuals working together.”
Big things are happening in Las Vegas with or without the Raiders, so the NFL may want to hop on board while they can.