A representative for the Oakland Raiders said recently that construction of the upcoming Las Vegas stadium is approaching the halfway mark, as it is about 44% complete.
Slated to open for the relocating Raiders in 2020, the new 65,000-seat, $1.8 billion Las Vegas stadium is under construction at a site west of Mandalay Bay. The first games will occur just over a year from now, and by all indications the stadium’s construction is making steady progress.
On Wednesday, an executive for a subsidiary of the Raiders said that construction is about 44% complete. A key task that has been unfolding at the site is the installation of canopy trusses around the stadium parameter, with nearly half of the 26 trusses in place. More from the Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Don Webb, chief operating officer of the Las Vegas Stadium Co., a subsidiary of the Oakland Raiders, said construction work is about 44 percent completed with opening day just over 14 months away.
Webb said the company has spent between 47 and 48 percent of the total cost, which is supplemented by a $750 million public contribution generated by a 0.88 percentage-point increase in Clark County’s varied rate hotel room tax.
Eleven of the 26 canopy trusses ringing the stadium perimeter have been installed with the help of two supercranes and a small army of ironworkers responsible for the precision placement of the steel that will support the translucent stadium roof, Webb said.
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. However, there have been no indications to this point 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.
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