The first Site Permit for the new Nugget outdoor events center at Victorian Square was submitted today, and WOW! 8958 seats, similar to the Laughlin Event Center (pictured). Brings back great memories of concerts at the old MGM Grand / GSR.
For reference, Greater Nevada Field has about 6500 fixed seats and a 9100 total occupancy maximum. I’m sure if we ask nicely, they will add a fountain or two to their plans!
Does an urban outdoor venue of this magnitude become a dead zone on off nights? I worry about that a lot based on the Aces failure to make the Freight House District something that works 365.
Kudos to Marnell Gaming and the City of Sparks for actually DOING something. Meanwhile back in Reno, the City Council will be hearing appeals about tree removals and a proposal to allow homeless services deeper into the community this week.
Serious question here. Can can anyone explain to me why Reno is so constantly off-message and Sparks gets things done?
J Witt said:
It’s quite simple -a Council and staff that focuses on economics and common sense vs social media and identity politics wins the prize every time. Sparks has a vision supported by an attitude of finding a way to get to “yes” when it fits into that vision. What is the vision of Reno -finding media moments to repeatedly tell us that they are a “progressive city”? Sad to see such potential being squandered -economic periods like we have now do not last forever and both the private and public sectors need to use such time to advance their goals while it exists. Reno lacking any coherant vision, has minimized that opportunity through superficial special interest decisionmaking during this economic upturn and it shows. Hopefully their governance can become more pragmatic before the next economic upturn arrives.
Well state J Witt.
Yes, we had one of these in our former city : https://www.redhatamphitheater.com/
It was a cool facility to have but a complete dead zone in the winter and off nights.
Next door, in Durham, they went for a covered year round facility – https://www.dpacnc.com/ – The theater running year round had a much greater impact on the local downtown economy than the open air one.
I’m surprised at the Nugget’s confidence that the venue will be done in June… they already started presale tickets for the first big concert there which will be Toby Keith.
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