Shared from the 12/29/2019 Las Vegas Review Journal eEdition

VEGAS 2020

Skyline’s the limit

Construction projects will change face of Las Vegas


Allegiant Stadium, left; expanded convention space; and Circa, anew downtown resort, will be completed in 2020. Resorts World, right, will open soon after.


NO TWO SKYLINES are alike, a horizon serving as a city’s fingerprints. Las Vegas’ will change dramatically in 2020. It will change the valley forever. Instead of focusing on the year that was, the Review-Journal will highlight the dramatic transformation that will alter the trajectory of our town.

Today’s edition is all about 2020 and the storylines that will define historic progress over the next 12 months.

The Raiders are set to officially relocate from Oakland and arrive to their new palace: Allegiant Stadium, all $2 billion and 65,000 seats of it. Las Vegas will belong to a select group of 30 cities with an NFL team, and the stadium also will afford UNLV football a new home.

While the stadium’s completion is set for July 31, pro football will descend upon Las Vegas months earlier when the NFL draft is staged here April 23-25. Nashville, Tennessee, welcomed an estimated 600,000 draft-goers across the three-day NFL event this past April. Las Vegas is expected to break that mark, one of many ways the city’s economy will also benefit from such substantial growth.

Other major milestones are coming in 2020.

Convention space will grow dramatically from downtown to the Strip in time for what’s expected to be the biggest meeting year in Las Vegas history. Circa, the integrated downtown resort on track to open in December 2020, will include the world’s largest sportsbook. Ground should be broken on a long-envisioned high-speed train to California. New, major Strip hotels will move closer to completion.

It’s true: Progress is impossible without change. In 2020, the skyline that has illuminated Las Vegas for so long will forever be altered to an even bigger, brighter, more global representation of that which defines us.

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