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Jan. 29, 1998

LVCVA Appropriates $5 Million Grant for Thomas & Mack Center and Sam Boyd Stadium

LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- The Thomas & Mack Center and Sam Boyd Stadium were awarded a $5 million dollar grant by the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority for specific renovation and improvement projects.


Artist renderings of the future Sam Boyd Stadium (top) and Thomas & Mack Center. (click images for larger versions)

The $5 million dollar grant will be contingent upon an extended contract agreement with the National Finals Rodeo. This grant will allow the facilities to complete necessary improvements associated with the $27 million previously committed by the Legislature and the UNLV Board of Regents for maintenance and upgrades.

Of the $5 million dollars from the LVCVA, $3 million will go to the Thomas & Mack Center for the creation of a new tunnel on the east side of the facility. The new tunnel will allow for an expanded rodeo configuration, providing an additional 400 to 500 premium seats for the National Finals Rodeo. $2 million will be used to reconfigure and expand the Sam Boyd Stadium to 40,0000 seats.

Pat Christenson, Director for the Thomas & Mack Center and Sam Boyd Stadium stated, "We are excited to have completed the funding for both facilities. We look forward to improving our facilities to meet the growing needs of Southern Nevada."

Management officials at the Thomas & Mack Center and Sam Boyd Stadium have begun to outline the improvement and maintenance projects required at this time. As the Thomas & Mack Center approaches its 15-year anniversary and the Sam Boyd Stadium approaches 28 years old, many improvements must take place and others are simply necessary upgrades. A complete plan of projects and upgrades will be announced in May. The following represents a sampling of items being considered for the facilities.

Thomas & Mack Center            Sam Boyd Stadium
Roof Repair                     Expanded concourse
Upgraded restrooms              Upgraded and expanded restrooms
Padded Seats                    Expanded Storage
Upgraded concession stands      Upgraded concession stands
New technical enhancements      New Press Box
Reconfiguration of main entries Repaving parking lots
ADA access                      ADA access
Outdoor mall area               New scoring system
Upgraded outdoor lighting       New playing surface
                                Upgrades of mechanical and electrical systems
                                New traffic patterns (ingress & egress)

The Thomas & Mack Center and Sam Boyd Stadium have hired Becket & Associates (a subsidiary of Elbee Becket - a premier sport facility architectural and engineering firm) to complete the initial phases of design development. Final plans are due in June. The intent of the $5 million from the LVCVA is to have the identified projects completed by December 1998.

 
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