The city of Las Vegas may get their first professional sports team in the near future. According to the Las Vegas Sun, a preliminary deal was reached for a 24,000-seat soccer-specific stadium in downtown. The proposal would be for a stadium to be built in the downtown Symphony Park area. The city of Las Vegas, The Cordish Companies and Findlay Sports & Entertainment announced the $410 million project, which would need 31 percent of public funds. That means the city would have to pay $127.1 million toward building the stadium.
It seems like Vegas is making a huge push to acquire an MLS franchise, while David Beckham continues to work with politicians for a soccer-specific arena in Miami. We’re not sure at this point if Vegas’ bid for a team will affect a Miami team for Beckham. What we do know is that the MLS season starts in March and ends in December. That means, most of the season will be played under scorching Summer temperatures, if they build an outdoor facility, which looks to be the case, at least according to the latest drawings provided today. It’s no Qatar, but temperatures reach as high as 105 degrees in the summer. Odds seem a bit against having a professional team in Sin City, and I’m sure the commissioners of other sports are just sweating thinking about it.