With one new arena in Las Vegas and another on the way, attention has faded for a third, 22,000-seat facility spearheaded by ex-NBA player Jackie Robinson and, yet, bulldozers are making way for it. 


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T-Mobile Arena has garnered the most attention, with regular major concerts and its upcoming event, the ACM Awards show.

Meanwhile, there is the arena being built by Madison Square Garden Co., Live Nation, Oak View Group, Sands Corp. and Azoff MSG Entertainment that will be in the vicinity of T-Mobile as well as MGM Grand Garden Arena. And then there is Robinson’s project, which faded into obscurity about two years ago after a ceremonial groundbreaking.

However, the project sprang back to life recently with work crews grading the property in an area between the shuttered Fontainebleau tower and SLS Las Vegas, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Plans are to build underground parking and utilities. Robinson announced the project – a $1.3 billion campus that included a 22,000-seat arena with a retractible roof , a restaurant retail area called Victory Plaza and a five-star, 500-room hotel – in December 2013.

The All Net Arena and Resort was expected to open December 2016 but was waylaid by a recently dismissed lawsuit involving financing.

Robinson told the Review-Journal he expects to open the complex in December 2019 and would like to line up a pro sports team to play there. None of this is guaranteed, obviously, but the paper noted it could pump much-needed commerce into the “sleepy north Strip.”