The preciseness of the process leaves little room for error." - Las Vegas Review-Journal, Don Webb, COO Mortenson Construction - McCarthy Builders in Las Vegas
Las Vegas, NV - The Las Vegas Raiders Allegiant Stadium is $200 million over budget.
August 30th, 2019: Rick Velotta from the Las Vegas Review-Journal interviewed Don Webb and wrote that the roof raising was to begin in September and completed by the end of October . It was a very nice article, you should check it out. Great job, Rick.
September 1st : No Roof Raising.
September 15th : No Roof Raising
October 1st: No Roof Raising
October 2nd: The Jedi notified Rick that the crew had not begun lifting the roof. Rick said the raising of the roof was delayed because Don Webb "may have been a little over-confident" when scheduling the roof lifting in September.
October 7th: No visible roof raising but we were assured that the roof was raising.
There is a construction schedule. There are other contractors that need to do work on the field. Like a domino effect, the other contractors won't be able to do their work if the roof is not completed by the end of October, causing further delays. Don Webb stated in the Las Vegas Review-Journal that raising the roof is extremely complicated, comparing the process to a 17-acre Swiss watch.
Lifting the Roof will take 6 Weeks, Raising 4 Feet Each Day
The crew will raise the roof 4 feet each day for 6 weeks. If the crew began raising the roof on October 7th, then on October 12th, the roof would be about 20 to 25 feet in the air. These screen caps were taken from the Mortenson / McCarthy website on October 12th, 2019 :
If there is a construction schedule, then there are other contractors who will need access to the field starting in November.
This brings up another issue: Why would a verified journalist, responsible to the public for reporting on the status of the taxpayer funded stadium, quickly rush to smear the reputation of a reputable blogger? Vital Vegas won the "Best Blogger of the Year" in 2014.
Journalism, like sales or bartending, requires a set a principles. Bartenders have a huge a huge responsibly serving their guests honestly and responsibly. Sales people use their charm to help people get what they want. However, A salesperson who uses their charm to knowingly sell a person a bad product or service, is just as bad as bartender who over-serves because he/she doesn't want to lose their tips. There is an unwritten code of ethics in certain professions. Journalism is one of them.
View social media as a huge Great Gatsby party where everyone is invited. Imagine a group of people discussing the stadium. Scott Roeben is holding center court. He says, "I heard that the roof is delayed 80-100 days". Another person adds, "Yea, some aluminum tools were stolen that have a 90 day turn around". Wow. Pretty engaging conversation. There are a lot of people listening. Then, Mick Akers over hears the people talking. He rushes over the see what the fuss is about.
"Oh, not Scott Roeben from Vital Vegas", he thinks to himself. "Whats that wanna-be journalist saying now..."
He listens in for a moment and then immediately blurts out "THAT'S 100 PERCENT FALSE!" and points his finger at Scott. The crowd is silent for a second. Everyone turns to Mick. They realize that it's the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Scott appears stunned. Now, he's not sure if his information is correct or not. "But Mick is verified and I quote his articles", he thinks to himself. A conundrum.
The crowed starts to take sides. Several of them side behind Mick and start attack Scoyt. They call him all sorts of names. Mick just stands by and watches. He doesn't provide any further information.
Anyways, who knows why Mick attacked VitalVegas' reputation. The fact is that the public needs to know what is happening with a publicly funded stadium.
Commentary: God invented newspapers and Satan invented the Internet. We are working together now
Jedi Rich Lightowler changed his life after 9/11 to follow his passion for modeling, art, photography, music, video and filmmaking.
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