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Stadium soup: A tasty bowl of Vegas venues in the works

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Downtown Stadium

This proposed $200 million Symphony Park development from Findlay Sports & Entertainment and Cordish Cos. would be part of an effort to lure a Major League Soccer franchise to Las Vegas. While some Las Vegas City Council members were skeptical of the public’s funding responsibility, they’ve given the developers until December to finalize the proposal. Bottom line: Still up in the air.

Las Vegas Arena

How’s this for hyperbole: “The Arena is what the Coliseum was to Rome.” That’s straight from the website for this MGM resorts/AEG collaboration, a 20,000-seat, $375 million arena just on the Strip, accessible via the outdoor Park retail and entertainment “promenade” between Monte Carlo and New York-New York. Slated to open in Spring 2016, the venue is expected to host concerts, boxing and—should the unthinkable happen—an NBA or NHL team. Bottom line: Under construction.

All Net Arena

The new kid on the venue-proposal block, this $1.4 billion, 22,000-seat retractable-roof sports arena on the former Wet ‘n’ Wild site is part of a resort plan (sans casino) from former UNLV and NBA player Jackie Robinson. Announced last week, it’s projected to open in 2017 if approvals go through. Bottom line: Too soon to say.

UNLV Stadium

We’ve seen renderings, heard big promises and read about impressive plans, but the campus-stadium saga is no closer to being resolved than it was, well, when it started. The most recent development: In August, the UNLV stadium board decided to postpone the project until 2017. Who’s up for a trip to Sam Boyd? Bottom line: Someday.

MGM Festival Grounds

Sure, it’s not really an arena or stadium, but this 37-acre entertainment space on the north Strip will be the first on this list to reach completion, thanks to Rock in Rio USA’s opening-weekend deadline in May. And though it will include RiR’s signature City of Rock, the venue is expected to host other fests and events throughout the year as well. Bottom line: Coming soon.

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