Nevada governor calls special session for NFL stadium
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Nevada legislators will meet in special session on Monday to consider financing for a new football stadium just off the Las Vegas Strip in an attempt to bring an NFL team to Sin City.

Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) on Wednesday said he will call the legislature into session to consider using state money for the new stadium, along with separate measures to deal with an expected budget shortfall and education funding.

Legislators will debate raising taxes on hotel rooms in Clark County to pay the state’s share of the planned $1.9 billion domed stadium, a recommendation of the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee. Sandoval created that panel in 2015 to begin plotting to bring an NFL franchise to Las Vegas.


“Now is the time to capitalize on the opportunity before us to invest in Nevada’s most foundational industry, tourism, by providing for the infrastructure and public safety needs of the 21st Century,” Sandoval said in a statement. “We can and must usher in a new era for tourism in the Las Vegas market, while keeping our citizens and visitors safe, and ensuring our position as the global leader in entertainment and hospitality.”

Public dollars will account for $750 million of the proposed deal. Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson has pledged $650 million to help build the stadium, while owners of the Oakland Raiders would foot $500 million in costs.

The Raiders have been interested in moving to Las Vegas since a deal to send them back to Los Angeles fell through. NFL team owners will meet in January to vote on whether to allow the Raiders to move to Las Vegas. The University of Nevada, Las Vegas football team would also use the stadium.

Sandoval’s office will formally release an agenda for Monday’s legislative session on Sunday. His office said the legislature will also consider a measure to increase lodging taxes to pay for education as the state faces new budget challenges.

“The Special Session presents a unique opportunity to protect Nevada education while we invest in tourism infrastructure,” Sandoval said.

Sandoval did not mention the NFL in his statement.

But Nevada political observers say the fact that a special session is being called is evidence that Sandoval has the votes to secure the funding deal.

During his two terms in office, Sandoval has used special legislative sessions to pass measures aimed at attracting major new business investment to the state.

In 2014, Nevada legislators passed a law giving hundreds of millions of dollars in tax breaks to Tesla, which chose a site near Reno to build a battery manufacturing plant.

In 2015, the legislature passed more tax breaks to attract the electric car manufacturer Faraday Future to North Las Vegas.