The operators of the US$1.8bn Las Vegas Raiders Stadium have announced that it will increase the budget of the project in order to include 20 additional suites.
Raiders president Marc Badain has offered up an extra US$40m of the club’s money to bring the total number of suites at the 65,000-seater stadium to 128, which will help the venue be even more appealing candidate for large events, notably the hosting of a Super Bowl.
According to a report in the Las Vegas Review Journal, the extra suites will cost around US$8m with the remaining money going towards “upgraded fixtures and art in the architecture (US$10 million); upgraded information technology and communications (US$4 million) to increase the internet capabilities in the stadium; exterior plaza security and aesthetic enhancements (US$4 million); seating and building operations systems upgrades (US$2 million); and additional exterior restrooms (US$2 million).”
The new suites will be located in the south end zone, with six going on the main concourse and 14 suites on the lower level suite.
“The more suites you have, the better opportunity you have to bid for the Super Bowl,” Badain was quoted in the report. “So we wanted to be responsive to the NFL, as we’re working on a bid for the 2025 Super Bowl.”
The stadium is expected to be completed in July, 2020, when the current Oakland Raiders NFL team will move to the desert in Nevada.