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More than $11.5 million worth of widely-anticipated Mackay Stadium renovations at the University of Nevada are open to the public. Reno Public Radio's Marcus Lavergne reports.

Notable new features of the stadium include an 8,000 square-foot club level, which can be rented out for different events throughout the year as well as a new multi-million dollar video-sound system, a long awaited improvement.

University of Nevada, Reno

The protest of current NFL and former University of Nevada Wolf Pack football player, Colin Kaepernick during the national anthem to bring attention to racism...is creating controversy. 

It also brings up questions on how any person involved with sports should react toward different social issues. To find out more, our reporter, Marcus Lavergne, recently sat down with a UNR athletic official to ask his views on social activism at the college level. Here's that conversation:

NHL Team Coming To Las Vegas

Jun 22, 2016
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The NHL is making a big bet on Las Vegas.

The league will expand to Las Vegas for the 2017-18 season after awarding its 31st franchise to billionaire businessman Bill Foley on Wednesday.

Commissioner Gary Bettman announced the decision after the league's board of governors met on a 109-degree day and unanimously voted to put an ice hockey team in the Mojave Desert's gambling mecca.

Just Add Water: Reno River Festival Is Back

May 6, 2016
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The 13th annual Reno River Festival is welcoming the return of its most critical element: water.

The gushing water of the Truckee River is a sound for sore ears as kayakers return for the annual River Festival in the heart of downtown Reno.

Jess Horning is with Liquid Blue Events, one of the organizers of the festival. He says last year the kayakers couldn't compete...

Nevada Wolf Pack

The Mountain West basketball tournament is underway in Las Vegas, and the winning team will get a guaranteed place in the NCAA Tournament, which starts next week.  But can the Wolf Pack men's team make it that far?

Interview: Wolf Pack Expands Its Recruitment Reach

Feb 23, 2016

The athletics department at the University of Nevada, Reno, is in a phase of growth. That's why Reno Public Radio’s Marcus Lavergne sat down with Nevada Athletic Director Doug Knuth to get the latest on signing day, renovations to Mackey Stadium, and more.

Wider aisles and more wheelchair accessible seats are two of the key renovations Wolf Pack football fans can look forward to next season.

Noah Glick

This Sunday, the NFL hosts Super Bowl 50. And with more money being wagered on the game than ever before, there’s a lot at stake for Nevada casinos. Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick reports.

This year, an estimated $4.2 billion will be bet on the Super Bowl. However, 97 percent of that, or 4.1 billion, will be done illegally. That’s because of one important distinction.

“There are casinos everywhere, but the only place you can bet on sports is in Nevada.”

Alexa Ard

The Washoe County Sheriff's Office is reminding recreational shooters to obey local rules after two hunting seasons recently opened. Reno Public Radio's Marcus Lavergne reports:

Sheriff's officials say they've received several complaints in the last few years from bicyclists, hikers and homeowners about shots heard close to residential areas.

It's against the law to fire most types of guns within 5,000 feet of a home. Bob Harmon is with the sheriff's office.

Reno Lands Professional Soccer League

Sep 17, 2015
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  A professional soccer team will be playing at Aces Ballpark under a new franchise agreement announced on Wednesday. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey reports.

"Ladies and Gentleman, it's my honor to award the 28th franchise of the United Soccer League to Reno, Nevada *applause, fireworks*"

The new team will begin playing at the ballpark downtown in 2017, overlapping some with the baseball season.

This team is part of the United Soccer League, a third-tier professional organization with clubs across the U.S. and Canada, including one in nearby Sacramento. 

Nevada Wolf Pack

The Nevada Wolf Pack could have a new men's basketball coach in place by next Thursday. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports.

The Board of Regents for the Nevada System of Higher Education is holding a special meeting on Thursday. The agenda for that meeting says UNR President Marc Johnson will request approval for a multi-year employment contract for a new coach.

A national search has been underway since former Coach David Carter was fired earlier this month. Athletic Director Doug Knuth has led that search effort, which has been quite hush-hush.