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By: Amber Wilson
The Allegiant Stadium is the official home of the Las Vegas Raiders in 2020.
When the Raiders announced plans to move to Las Vegas in 2017 and was approved later that year. Construction began on November 13, 2017, and is set to be completed in July 2020 in time for the 2020 NFL Season. The team of Mortenson and McCarthy joint partnership that is building a $1.9 billion domed stadium, which will be shared with UNLV Football and other events. The stadium expected to seat about “65,000 seats (expandable to 72,000), a retractable turf field, large operable walls that open to view the Strip, and a variety of premium spaces for all levels”.
Mortenson and McCarthy are building the 1.7 million-square-foot facility that will require an estimated 3.5 million work hours, 9,000 craftworkers from various trades, as well as hundreds of local subcontractors and suppliers.
With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing businesses to shut down for at least 30 days, without hesitation they plan for the construction to go on without interruption and set to open this summer.
Now with the news, yesterday of one of the construction workers at the new Raiders stadium tested positive for COVID-19 could delay the “essential work” of the stadium to stay on track. A Mortenson-McCarthy builder said the worker had not been in close contact with any other project worker and had been offsite since last week. The worker is self-isolating for 14 days and won’t return to work until cleared”.
Since the Raiders have already declined the option to play the 2020 Season in Oakland and this COVID-19 will not be the reason, they can’t play in their new home stadium.