Work begins on All Net Arena site |
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After a long delay, work is finally underway at the All Net Arena site where there are plans to build a 22,000-seat arena and retail complex in between the SLS and the mothballed Fountainbleau.
It's encouraging news for the north Strip, but this doesn't necessarily mean construction is now full speed ahead.
The idea of a multi-purpose sports arena, hotel, and restaurant on vacant land where the Wet n' Wild water park used to be goes back to 2010.
In 2013, former UNLV and NBA player Jackie Robinson got the go ahead from the county to move forward with the project. Robinson had hoped it would be finished and open by Dec. 2016.
But while the All Net project was tied up in lawsuits, the MGM Resorts beat them to the punch and opened the the T-Mobile arena a couple miles down the Strip.
Until now, the All Net site has sat dormant.
Earth moving equipment and dirt haulers are now working the 27-acre site. Last week, Robinson told the Review Journal they're installing underground parking and utilities.
It raises the question whether the valley can support another arena?
T-Mobile seats 20,000. It opened less than a year ago. A few miles east, the Thomas and Mack seats 19,000. It opened in 1983. The MGM Grand seats 17,000 and opened in 1993. And the Mandalay Bay Events Center seats 12,000 and opened in 12,000.
Attempts to reach the All Net people were unsuccessful. The office address listed on their news release fif not have an office associated with All Net.
An All Net representative did respond with a very brief email that said, "Construction is underway and completion by 2019."
There are a lot of people on the north Strip hoping that it's the beginning of something big.