Developers say work to begin on Vegas Strip arena, with eye toward landing NBA team

 LAS VEGAS — Developers say they're starting construction on a privately funded $1.4 billion retractable-roof sports arena and resort backed by a former UNLV and NBA player at a former waterpark site on the Las Vegas Strip.

Businessman and former NBA player Jackie Robinson joined project designers Wednesday at a 27-acre site to say the planned 22,000-seat All Net Resort & Arena will be built on Las Vegas Boulevard just south of Sahara Avenue.

Project officials say it awaits final approval, including from Clark County commissioners.

Cuningham Group Architecture Inc. official Brett Ewing says it'll have a multi-purpose arena with a retractable roof, a 44-story resort hotel, and a pedestrian plaza featuring nightlife and dining spots.

Robinson has said he's talked with NBA officials about drawing a professional franchise to Las Vegas.