Panel studying stadium plan in Vegas gets changing numbers

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – A day after Las Vegas won a bid for an NHL hockey team, a governor’s panel studying a proposal for a 65,000-seat stadium to lure the NFL’s Oakland Raiders was met with a cascade of changing figures.

Officials focused on the key question of finding a site on which to build a stadium now projected to cost $1.45 billion.

Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee members heard again that the project won’t cost the public more than $750 million — mostly through a hotel room tax increase.

A top executive with casino mogul Sheldon Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands Corp. is vowing the deal will get done.

There was no talk Thursday about whether gambling on pro sports is a good idea.

Around town, legal sports books are already taking bets on how the as-yet unnamed hockey team will score its first goal.