LAS VEGAS (KXNT) – Costs attached to the upcoming presidential debate at UNLV have escalated to $8 million, twice as much as the Oct. 19 event was originally projected to cost, according to a published report.
During a special session Thursday, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority board of directors approved another $4 million to pay for the debate, according to the Las Vegas Review Journal. That sum is in addition to the original $4 million allocated to cover debate costs approved in September 2015.
While the extra $4 million is being paid for by UNLV, the Convention Authority will continue to handle staffing and resource needs for the debate, including finalizing contracts for Las Vegas Police security.
The paper reports Las Vegas public relations agency R & R Partners projects the debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump has already generated approximately $85 million in publicity and media coverage for the city and UNLV.