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Las Vegas Stadium on Schedule as Planning Continues

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Construction on Las Vegas stadium is proceeding on schedule, with the Oakland Raiders and stadium authority members planning some components of the facility.

Slated to open for the relocating Raiders in 2020, the new 65,000-seat, $1.8 billion Las Vegas stadium is under construction at Interstate 15 and Russell Road, west of Mandalay Bay. With the first games a little over a year away, construction on the facility is by all accounts moving along on schedule.

Installation of the canopy trusses for the stadium is unfolding, while the Raiders and Las Vegas Stadium Authority officials are working to hone transportation strategies for the facility. Discussion on that issue is set to take place at a stadium authority meeting on Thursday. More from the Las Vegas Review-Journal:

Paul Dudzinsky, project director for the Mortenson-McCarthy Joint Venture, the general contractor building the stadium for Stadco, the Raiders’ construction subsidiary, said ironworkers are continuing to install 26 canopy trusses ringing the stadium perimeter with the help of two supercranes that lift assembled trusses into place where workers bolt them onto the venue’s iron skeleton.

Dudzinsky, a guest on the most recent episode of the “Vegas Nation Stadium Show” debuting this week, said a special emphasis on safety is being stressed with the high aerial work performed by workers harnessed 120 to 140 feet in the air….

A review also is scheduled on transportation strategies. The Raiders indicated in 2018 that four satellite parking lots have been identified for fans to park before being shuttled to the stadium. The team may announce additional parking venues Thursday and provide more details about plans to ease event-day congestion.

The Raiders do have contingency in place if construction falls behind schedule, as their lease in Oakland for the 2019 season includes an option that would trigger a 2020 return if needed. At this point, though, there are no indications that the Las Vegas stadium project is falling behind schedule. In addition to the Raiders, the new stadium will be home to the UNLV football program.

Rendering courtesy MANICA Architecture.

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