New UNLV stadium could have screen larger than Dallas Cowboys'

A model of the UNLV Now stadium project - Paul Takahashi - Las Vegas Sun

What happens in Vegas will now be visible from Utah.

A proposed 60,000-seat stadium built primarily for UNLV football and other "mega events" could include a 100-yard video board. As reported by Paul Takahashi of the Las Vegas Sun, project planners are proposing the world's largest video screen as the centerpiece of the $800 million "UNLV Now" project. The previous holder of that award, hung above Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, measured 60 yards wide. Project spokesman Craig Cavileer said the video board would be visible from 80 percent of the stadium's seats. When asked if such a monstrous board is necessary for watching UNLV football, Cavileer gave a prototypical Vegas-centric answer:

"When Vegas puts on a show, people expect something amazing," Cavileer said. "People are going to expect an over-the-top facility. (UNLV Now) should be phenomenal and iconic."

The stadium, scheduled for completion in 2017, features a retractable roof, two clubs, six 300-seat mega-suites, and more than 50 standard suites. While the stadium is being built primarily for UNLV football, organizers hope to bring in additional events, much like Dallas has done with the new Cowboys Stadium:

"We will secure a lot more events if we have this stadium," said Pat Christenson, the president of Las Vegas Events, which seeks to attract major events to southern Nevada. "Because this venue itself will become an attraction, it's going to help sell more tickets. With the event, the Las Vegas (Strip) and the venue, it's going to be a highly powerful marketing combination."

Planned funding includes substantial sums from the hotel and casino industry and a private partner, Majestic Realty.

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