Guy who played 22 games in NBA says he’s building a 22,000-seat arena in Vegas

What the WHAT?

LAS VEGAS (FOX5) – Former Runnin’ Rebel and NBA player Jackie Robinson announced Monday he plans to build a 22,000-seat arena on the Las Vegas Strip.

Robinson said he will break ground on the $3.1 billion resort, tentatively named the All Net Arena and Resort, in the spring on the 27 acres between the SLS Las Vegas Hotel and Casino and the Fountainebleau.

In addition to the arena, the 862,500-square-foot project includes a 300,000-square-foot plaza and a five-star spa hotel with 500 specialty suites. A number of fine-dining, retail and nightlife options and a wedding chapel are also part of the planned resort.

This appears to be all the detail available at the moment, though there is a press release from Mr. Robinson that reads pretty much exactly like the Fox 5 report. (I especially love the $3.1 billion price tag; this ain’t no cheap-ass $3 billion vaportecture resort. [UPDATE: The press release says $1.3 billion, so apparently this isn’t quite as grandiose as Fox made it sound.]) And renderings, of course, because you gotta have renderings:

Next time someone asks you how many stadiums and arenas are being planned for Las Vegas, the correct answer is “all of them.

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3 comments on “Guy who played 22 games in NBA says he’s building a 22,000-seat arena in Vegas

  1. Maybe it’s because I forced myself to finish Pacific Rim after I started, but I just see giant NBA players trapped inside the arena when I look at that rendering.

    But that could be a first… an announced arena plan that includes a wedding chapel. DC’s laundry list of attractions probably forgot to include a “nationally recognized wedding chapel”.

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