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County Commission gives go-ahead to north Strip arena project

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Arena developer Jackie Robinson appears before the Clark County Commission on Wednesday, Aug. 6. (FOX5) Arena developer Jackie Robinson appears before the Clark County Commission on Wednesday, Aug. 6. (FOX5)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

Another sports arena on Wednesday got the green light to break ground on the Las Vegas Strip.

The Clark County Commission approved the $1.4 billion All Net Resort and Arena to be built at the site of the old Wet ‘n Wild park, next to the SLS Las Vegas on the Strip's north end.

With Wednesday's approval, there are now two arenas slated to open on the Strip in a town without a professional sports team. MGM Resorts International's privately funded 20,000-seat arena is scheduled to open in 2016.

Former UNLV and NBA player Jackie Robinson has worked for seven years to bring the project to fruition. He said that years ago, Sammy Davis Jr. encouraged him to come to Las Vegas and pursue his dreams.

"As he started talking - he was talking in a whisper because he had throat cancer – he looked at me and said, ‘You know what? I'm hoping I can see an African-American own a hotel.' I had no idea I'd be standing in front of you all today," Robinson said to the Clark County Commission on Wednesday.

Not only is the arena one of two planned for the Las Vegas Strip, it's one of four such projects planned for Las Vegas. UNLV has plans for an on-campus, 60,000-seat mega-events center, and a pro soccer stadium has been proposed for downtown Las Vegas.

Not everyone is on board with the idea. Robert Tyre lives in a condo near the site and has concerns about the traffic an arena would bring. Additionally, he doubts it will ever get off the ground.

"Some say, ‘Remember the Alamo!' I say remember the [stalled] Fontainebleau [hotel and casino development]," Tyre said.

Despite hopes that an arena will attract an NBA or NHL franchise, neither league has plans to locate a franchise in Las Vegas.

"I'd get the team first," one Las Vegas resident said.

Like the MGM project, the 22,000-seat All Net Arena and Resort is intended to be privately funded. The county will hold a hearing to discuss traffic issues associated with the project in the future.

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