4K Video Premiers on Tuesday, April 30th 2019 at 09:00AM Las Vegas
Las Vegas is known to have some extreme weather this time of year, but this year seems to be more extreme then ever before. I hope that this will not affect the opening of the stadium. I am not sure how many more rain days they have accounted for.
Monday, April 29th, 2019 started out as a beautiful morning. If you had not seen a weather report you would have thought it would be a normal weather day. Then around noon a huge storm came in. I was sitting in our place and I heard thunder. I woke up JediRich and we ran outside to check it out. There was thunder, lightening , intense wind, rain and hail.
We checked over at the stadium. We can see it from our place. They had unrigged the straps from the trusses and put all the cranes in the “relax shorts” position as I like to call it. We decided to walk down there and check it out. The storm was so intense that they had to shut down the entire construction project for the rest of the day.
All of the trusses had to be removed from the cranes and everything had to be shut down because the storm was strong. This is a lot of metal sitting in the middle of a desert. I am so happy that they shut down all the equipment for the safety of the crew. You sure do not want to be sitting in a metal cage during a lightening storm.
Mortenson/McCarthy are all about safety and zero work mishaps. They always put the crews safety over greed. The Universe appreciates that. They shut down when necessary for safety even if it could set them back and require a third shift. The problem with a third shift, is that, it is very expensive. These budgets are tight on these projects. A third shift could be a substantial amount of money. Hopefully that will not be necessary. These rain days might already be in the master plan. Then we have nothing to worry about.
Everyday of the schedule is crucial as we get closer to the expected completion date. The weirder the weather gets, the more I get irritated that our President has undone so many environmental regulations. Global warming is real my friends and all this crazy weather this year is evidence.
If we end up getting too many more weather setbacks, they will have to go to a third shift. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that the Universe has it in the cards for the Raiders to finally make it to Las Vegas in 2020. We are so excited to have an NFL team. This is a state that a couple years back did not even have a professional team. Now we have hockey, woman’s basketball and best of all the NFL Raiders coming!! I cannot wait to go to a game. It will be a blast.
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The Las Vegas Raiders Stadium project is coming along beautifully. They have several trusses up. The weather has been fantastic in Las Vegas, so the crew has been able to get a ton of work done on the stadium.
We wanted to make a Tribute Video to the Iron Workers. These workers are the crucial key of this stadium. It’s mind blowing seeing the heights and feet’s that this crew go to, to create a beautiful stadium. They are fearless!
As you will see in this video when it’s completed, the iron workers often work at insane heights. I am not even sure the amount of feet they are up in the air, but it’s breathtaking. The iron workers must have no fear of heights. It’s amazing to see when they lift a truss, they have to retrieve it and place it in place from the crane onto the roof.
So imagine that, you are a ridiculous amount of feet in the air and then you have a 130 ton steel truss coming at you, that you must place in the bracket at the roof of the stadium. Talk about an adrenaline rush. This crew is something else. They better get some crazy hazard pay for a job at those heights.
Thank you iron workers and the entire crew for all your hard work. This stadium is not an easy project. There have been a lot of things the crew, the city and owners have had to overcome to get this project going, continuing and finishing in 2020. We are ecstatic to see the progress lately. The crew appears to be caught up and now have several trusses up.
This is an exciting time in Las Vegas history. We are going through an era change. We have a NFL stadium being built in a town that a couple years ago was not even allowed to advertise in the Super Bowl. Not only can Las Vegas now advertise in the Super Bowl, they plan to host the Super Bowl in 2025. What a crazy turn of events for Sin City.
If you live in Las Vegas and have not had the opportunity to check out the stadium, I recommend you go down there. It’s a site to see. The crew is extremely nice and they are fun to watch as they do their own parts of this masterpiece. Check out the raising of a truss. It’s fun to see.
It was quite an experience to see the first truss go up. It was a wild rush. I can only imagine what these workers feel everyday. Especially the ones that are working at super high heights all day.
I was amazed at the iron workers that had to guide in the 130 ton truss into the bracket at the roof of the stadium while they were standing on a small beam a “million” feet in the air. I do not have a fear of heights, but I would not want to test to see if that would scare me. I can verify now, I would be terrified. Thanks crew!! You sacrifice a lot so we can have a beautiful stadium!!
Sometimes we take for advantage the people that do these tough jobs. Even though you are getting paid, it can be a lot of work. So I want to give a shout out to all the hard workers on this stadium. It takes you all to create this home for the Raiders and we are thankful.
JediRich is the unofficial Las Vegas Raiders street photographer.