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Allegiant Stadium Roof Not Expected to be Completed Until May

Allegiant Stadium rendering 2019

Allegiant Stadium‘s roof is not expected to be completed until mid-May, though the relocating Raiders believe that will not delay the Las Vegas facility’s opening.

Currently under construction at a site west of Mandalay Bay, Allegiant Stadium is the new Las Vegas stadium scheduled to open in time for the 2020 NFL and NCAA football seasons. The project has been expected to reach substantial completion on July 31, with the first event happening in August.

The stadium’s roof will not be completed as early as expected, as the installation of the cable net system to support the ETFE roof fell behind schedule. Despite this, the Raiders believe that Allegiant Stadium can still be completed on time, noting that several other major tasks are actually ahead of schedule. An independent monitor, however, has cautioned that not having the roof in place could put the stadium’s interior finishes at risk for damage if the area deals with rainy conditions over the coming months. Additional details are expected to emerge at a Las Vegas Stadium Authority meeting Thursday. More from the Las Vegas Review-Journal:

“Because of the delay in the overall building enclosure, there is the possibility of weather damage as more finish work is put in place,” the report says. “Our assessment is that the TCO (temporary certificate of occupancy) date may be in jeopardy if weather (rain) causes damage to interior finishes. Of the many possible situations and potential delays that a project of this size and complexity can experience, the cable-net delay is one that attracts attention because of its distinctiveness.”

Don Webb, chief operating officer of the Raiders’ subsidiary building the stadium, declined on Monday to add any details, saying he would discuss them with the authority board Thursday.

“The construction remains on target for substantial completion on July 31, 2020,” Webb’s November project status report, posted online last week, says.

“The project schedule, which tracks more than 41,000 individual tasks, shows some activities to be ahead of schedule and some behind,” his report says. “This condition is completely normal. The completion of the cable net system supporting the ETFE roof is a task which fell behind. Fortunately, even if it were to be further delayed, its completion does not affect the overall project completion since the dependent, successor tasks are not on the critical path.”

In addition to hosting the Raiders, Allegiant Stadium will be the home of UNLV’s football program. It will also be the home of the annual Las Vegas Bowl and the Pac-12 Championship Game in 2020 and 2021, and is likely to be positioned as a draw for other major events, including concerts, potential Super Bowl and Pro Bowls, and more.

Renderings courtesy MANICA Architecture.

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