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Completion Date Set for $2B Las Vegas Stadium

Thursday, November 9, 2017

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Marking the beginning of the 30-month project, the National Football League's Oakland Raiders have announced both a completion date and a tentative groundbreaking for the new Las Vegas stadium that will house the team, but construction activities remain restricted for the time being.

The domed football stadium will seat 65,000 people, noted the Las Vegas Review-Journal, with a tentative groundbreaking event being planned for Nov. 13, but the date was not confirmed by team representatives.

Construction Activities and Plans

In May, the Raiders acquired 63 acres west of Interstate 15, for $775 million, but construction on the property cannot begin until development agreements have been acquired from both the county and the Last Vegas Stadium Authority.

With Mortenson Construction and McCarthy Building Cos. serving as general contractors on the job, pre-construction work is currently being allowed onsite, noted the Review-Journal.

At the Nov. 9 meeting, the authority is expected to extend an enabling work contract, which will detail exactly what contractors are permitted to do and will place all liability for construction on the team. Under the agreement, the groundbreaking ceremony would be permitted to take place, and contractors would be allowed to set up office trailers, clear and grade the land and survey the area, among other activities.

The Raiders received clearance for the stadium last month from the Federal Aviation Administration, which arrived after an initial assessment determined that the stadium would interfere with nearby air traffic.

Stadium Design

According to the Review-Journal, 26 feet will need to be excavated for the stadium’s lower bowl and crews will used four cranes on the construction as the walls and stands are erected.

Architect David Manica most notably confirmed that the roof will be rigid, but the field surface will be retractable so that its natural grass can grow outdoors and be wheeled in for games.

The stadium is slated for completion in time for the 2020-21 season—July 31, 2020—and will cost $2 billion.


Tagged categories: Construction; Contracts; Good Technical Practice; North America; Stadiums/Sports Facilities

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