Former Clark County Commissioner Bruce Woodbury joined the KXNT Morning News to discuss the latest efforts at getting a new sports arena built near the Las Vegas Strip. Click below to listen.
Supporters have gathered and submitted more than 200,000 signatures on a petition to fund the arena. The Arena Initiative Committee, which is led by Harrah’s Entertainment, collected the signatures from registered voters. It calls for next year’s Legislature to allow a nearly one-percent sales tax increase to help fund a 500-million dollar arena. The tax would be collected within a three-mile radius of the proposed arena near the Imperial Palace hotel, meaning tourists would fund most of the cost. If lawmakers reject the tax, it will go to voters in 2012. Harrah’s hopes the area will attract a major league baseball or hockey team. The Harrah’s effort is facing a challenge from the city of Las Vegas, which is making moves to build a sports arena in the downtown area.