Ex-NBA player Robinson plans to build Las Vegas Strip arena

jackie-robinson-las-vegasFormer Runnin’ Rebel and NBA player Jackie Robinson announced Monday he plans to build a 22,000-seat arena on the Las Vegas Strip, Fox5 reported.

Robinson said he will break ground on the $3.1 billion resort, tentatively named the All Net Arena and Resort, in the spring on the 27 acres between the SLS Las Vegas Hotel and Casino and the Fountainebleau.

In addition to the arena, the 862,500-square-foot project includes a 300,000-square-foot plaza and a five-star spa hotel with 500 specialty suites.

A number of fine-dining, retail and nightlife options and a wedding chapel are also part of the planned resort.

The arena itself will have 75 luxury boxes, separated into executive and corporate suites, Robinson said.

The resort, which is slated to open in December 2016, is expected to create 19,000 jobs, according to Robinson.

Robinson played basketball for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas from 1973 to 1978, and then went on to play in the NBA.

Robinson played 3 seasons in the NBA, for Seattle Supersonics, Detroit Pistons and Chicago Bulls. In total he played in 22 NBA games, averaging 3.8 ppg in 8.4 mpg. After NBA, Robinson played five years in Europe.


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