When it opens for the relocating Oakland Raiders in 2020, the new Las Vegas Stadium could come with some unique design features.
The Raiders and local officials continue planning for the $1.8-billion stadium project. Certain design features have been considered along the way, as the new stadium is expected to feature a fixed ethylene tetrafluoroethylene roof, a seating capacity that can be adjusted according to the event, and a natural-grass field that can be rolled out of the stadium. That plan for the playing field follows a model that has been employed for years by the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium.
During a meeting with the Las Vegas Stadium Authority on Thursday, time was taken to discuss some of the highlights of the stadium’s design concept. One is the north-facing folding lanai doors, which will be able to open to provide a view of the Las Vegas Strip. That was among the features touted by Raiders president Marc Badain. More from The Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Badain said his favorite feature will be the north-facing folding lanai doors.
“I like the opening doors,” he said after the meeting. “I like having some form of an outdoor venue and I think that accomplishes that here. We obviously need to be enclosed because of the climate, but having those doors and seeing what some other teams have done around the league to get an open-air feature, we were able to take the best of those ideas and then appropriate them, especially with that view.”
“That view” is a direct look at the Las Vegas Strip.
“Mark Davis always said he wanted a very iconic building,” he said. “He wanted something that the community would be proud of and he wanted something that would withstand the test of time. You may have seen the model at the preview center. It’s just a beautiful building.”
From U.S. Bank Stadium in Minnesota to Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, the last two NFL seasons have featured the debuts of high-profile venues with modern design features. No NFL teams are slated to open new stadiums in 2018 or 2019, but 2020 should bring the debuts of the new Las Vegas Stadium and a new Los Angeles venue that will host the Rams and the Chargers. The developments of both will be watched closely between now and their debuts, and the Las Vegas stadium could attract plenty of attention if it is design plans come to fruition.
Rendering courtesy MANICA Architecture.
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