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Billy Walters' Golf Course Proposed As NFL Stadium Site In Las Vegas

Site Is Close To MGM's Mandalay Bay Casino


A Las Vegas golf course belonging to legendary sports bettor Billy Walters, who is under indictment by the federal government, might be the leading site for a possible stadium for the NFL’s Oakland Raiders.

According to a report from, Walters said he is open to selling his 85-year lease with the local government on the Bali Hai golf course. Las Vegas Sands would develop the 100-acre site into the home of the Raiders. The NFL owners meet in January to vote on the relocation.

State and local officials are still considering how much public funding would be available for the stadium. The stadium could cost between $1.3 billion and $1.6 billion.

Other proposed locations include the Riviera casino site, a site near SLS Las Vegas, the land where Cashman Field in Downtown Las Vegas sits, and a 42-acre site on Tropicana Avenue near UNLV. All the proposed sites have their respective issues. The report said that the Bali Hai golf course is likely the leading candidate right now, despite some of the site falling under restrictions from Las Vegas’ airport.

The groundwork on the project comes despite NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell not saying explicitly that he is OK with gambling. He did say this past spring that he has “evolved a little on gambling.” The NHL has already approved Las Vegas for an expansion team.

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