LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – First of all, Resorts World. Now what’s next for the north end of the Las Vegas Strip?
For years, the “All Net” project promised a new development of hotels and arenas, but did not succeed. After several false starts, the developers now say they are ready to get to work on a $ 3 billion complex.
8 News Now spoke to the man behind the project – former UNLV basketball star Jackie Robinson.
He says this time he means it.
In October 2014, excavators began digging in the dirt for what would first have been Las Vegas – a professional sports arena on the Las Vegas Strip.
Today a lot of professional sports are here. “All Net Arena” is not.
Former UNLV and NBA basketball player Jackie Robinson led All Net from day one. He wants to build a hotel, arena, and shopping complex where Wet-n-Wild used to sit.
Over the years, the plans have changed. Investors have come and gone. Promises to county commissioners have been made and redone.
âYou want to win,â Robinson said. “It’s not just about playing the game. I want to win.”
Today Robinson says he is no longer playing. The pitch will be open again on the All Net site in October, and he says nothing will stop it.
âThis is the key. We are launching because we are ready, âsaid Robinson. âWe are in the right place to move forward.
This is the first time that these new renderings have been made public.
Now, the All Net project includes:
- 2,500-room hotel without casino
- 3000-seat theater
- 400,000 square feet of retail space
- Movie theater
And yes, an arena – with or without the NBA.
âWould we like to have an NBA team? Absolutely, âRobinson said. âBut, would we be dissuaded if we didn’t? No.”
This time, Robinson says funding for the $ 3 billion project is coming from bonds and investors. A major player is Comcast.
âThey are a great producer of content. They own Universal. They own NBC, âRobinson said. âThey manage 250 arenas around the world. They will reserve it. They will market it.
All Net is said to be historic – the first minority-owned resort on the Strip.
It is Robinson’s vision, which comes to life.
âNow is the right time when we think we can move forward and not just put something in place at the wrong time and try to make everyone happy,â said Robinson.
After several jerks, he says this time it’s really going to happen.