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The Las Vegas Stadium Authority held a board meeting to discuss the Raiders and UNLV’s joint use agreement that is expected to take place in July.

Once the $1.9 billion, 65,000 seat stadium is built, UNLV will share the facility with the Raiders.

UNLV’s joint use agreement is a document that lays out all of the policies and procedures regarding the football team’s use of the stadium. Things such as rent, field markings, and scheduling were amongst some of the many topics covered in the meeting.

Additional topics such as, game officials, access to locker rooms, ball boys and scoreboard operators were easily resolved. On the other hand some subjects needed further discussion.

Some of the discussions involved was the type of surface the teams will play on. UNLV prefers the artificial turf and the Raiders prefer natural grass.

Board Chairman Steve Hill told USA Today, “I think there is a pretty solid shared understanding of what that agreement will look like. There are some technical issues that we just need to figure out, such as, you know, what’s the field configuration going to be? Is it going to be natural turf or AstroTurf for UNLV?”

It is expected for UNLV to reimburse the Raiders for using the facility instead of paying rent under the agreement.

UNLV President Len Jessup, Athletic Director Desiree Reed-Francois, Senior Vice President of Finance and Business Gerry Bomotti and Mike Newcombe, executive director of the Thomas & Mack Center, where all there in attendance to represent UNLV.  Raiders Executive Vice President Dan Ventrelle was also present at the meeting.

Las Vegas Stadium Authority contracted employee Jeremy Aguero had some insight on the meeting. He said that both parties were given, “Homework Assignments,” to end the meeting.

UNLV was ordered to review costs for artificial field surfaces and the Raiders were ordered to turn in more stadium designs for UNLV in the next meeting.