For years and years and years we have been bemoaning Vegas' lack of a world class stadium, arena and/or ball park. Well, actually not a ball park because we are looking at it for more of a multi-use facility so we can attract major events like college football bowl games and also so we can hang onto things we already have like the NFR and the Rugby Sevens.
Now, don't get me wrong--I like the Thomas & Mack although part of it is sentimental, I suppose. I attended T&M's opening ceremony with that well-known bitch Diana Ross (hey, that's what everyone says), Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra and that was pretty cool even though the sound sucked (and, while better, is still pretty bad to this day). And it remains one of the better college basketball facilities around.
But T& M isn't top-of-the-line anymore. Remember when we had the
riots NBA All-Star game here? The NBA said they wouldn't be back because the facility wasn't NBA quality. Now, we may not want the All-Star game back but a town like ours oughta have an NBA quality arena if only to say Nah, nah, nah! to the NBA and then bring in an NCAA regional finals game, instead.
There has been talk, lots of talk, about this stadium project and that arena project yet nothing has ever been done.
We are finally going to have a world class structure built in Las Vegas...although not near the Strip...and not an arena or an indoor stadium but a ballpark...and not a major league ballpark but a minor league one. ~sigh~
Yes, Las Vegas will be right up there with Buffalo, Davenport, IA, and Pawtucket, RI.
I know, I know, when I said "world class" you were thinking of some of the finer stadiums and arenas in the world like the one Jerry Jones has in Dallas. Or, maybe, like the Staples Center in L.A. or the O2 in London. Like you, I used to think Las Vegas was a top-flight location designed to hold world class events--with all these frickin' hotel rooms and all--but I guess the level we're at now is competing against the Buffalo Bison, the Quad City River Bandits or the Pawtucket Red Sox.
Out in Summerlin.
Oh, I forgot to add that. The ballpark will, if these guys get their way, will be located on that patch of land south of Red Rock Resort so it won't see a lot of tourists
I know it sounds like I might be bitching about this AAA baseball field and all but I'm really not. Actually, I think it's kind of cool. Cashman
Ghetto Complex, where the local minor league team plays, is the pits and the area surrounding it is even worse. I've been there many times over the years for ball games and concerts and touring Broadway shows and gun shows but it really is time to put it out of its misery.
I'm glad--I swear I am--some rich dudes bought the 51's (the name of the team--maybe they'll change it back to the Stars like it used to be) and intend to build the club an entire entertainment district complete with bars and restaurants and shops and whatnot just off of I-215 and Sahara. It'll be like a mini-Coors Field in Denver where you can go and get tanked up prior to the game, walk to the ballpark for some decent baseball action (or not decent--what does it matter?) and get re-tanked-up in the district afterwards. We love that concept mostly because we like the "tanked-up" part.
So I'm not bagging on the whole concept. Not at all. It's just that it rubs salt into the open wounds so many of us have who have been pining for a big league* facility for what used to be a big league town.
~sigh~ (yet again)
Note: When I say "big league" I don't mean attracting major league sports franchise to Las Vegas. In fact, I don't even want one here as I don't think it'll do all that well--there's just too much else to do. But I would like to see a stadium/arena of major league quality. Think of the events we could attract here. Events that are on par with the rest of the big league infrastructure this town offers.