After spending $50M on parking, Raiders eye more space near stadium site

Posted Friday, 17 January 2020 ‐ Las Vegas Sun

Marc Badain has been asked about the parking options at Allegiant Stadium many times in the two years since the project was announced. It’s his job to help come up with a solution. And he seems to have a plan, saying Thursday he has a “99% confidence” level in the still-developing strategy. “For patrons coming to a game, we need about 9,500 spots,” said Badain, the Raiders president said on Thursday during a meeting of the Las Vegas Stadium Authority. “For staff and support staff workers, we need about 2,500 spots. We’ve identified as many as 30,000 spots in the immediate vicinity, most of which are within walking distance. We have in our control 15,000 spots already.” A Raiders game day at their new 65,000-seat, more than $2 billion stadium just off the Las Vegas Strip is quickly approaching. By August, using Badain’s figures, they’ll need an additional 15,000 spots. Badain said the Raiders, through subsidiary company Las Vegas Stadium Events Co., have spent about $50 million for land and lease agreements for 15,000 parking spots near the stadium site. Badain said the team is actively involved in talks with land owners who have lots to the immediate west of the stadium, which is just across Interstate 15 from Mandalay Bay. “There’s still a few thousand spots west of the stadium that are up for grabs,” Badain said. “There’s a lot of interest and desire there, so there’s the ability to capture a lot of those spots. Supply will significantly exceed demand for parking.” Badain said about 7,000 parking spots have been identified for tailgating purposes. That includes a designated tailgating lot with room for about 1,800 vehicles near Valley View Boulevard and Reno Avenue. The bridge on Hacienda Avenue will be shut down to vehicle traffic five hours before kickoff to allow foot traffic. One of the main lots under team control that’s not within walking distance to the venue is at Warm Springs and Interstate 15, which has room for 1,700 vehicles. A shuttle would be provided to transport fans a few miles to the venue. Badain also mentioned the potential use of about 11,000 resort corridor parking spaces, though he said the Raiders are not yet counting on those being available on game days. The Raiders have been working with local police, fire and Clark County officials on a comprehensive parking plan, which will be released later this year, Badain said. The franchise has also coordinated with ride-sharing and taxi companies in their planning, knowing many fans won’t be driving their own vehicles. On Thursday, an email blast went out to personal seat licenses owners for the stadium to remind them that parking passes will go on sale sometime this spring. Passes will cost from $10 to $200 depending on the location of the space, according the Allegiant Stadium website. “This is a dynamic process,” Badain said. “We’ll see where our customers park and what they want. We were still making modifications (in Oakland) to our parking plan after 25 years in the same building. We’ll be making modifications after every single event here.”

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