Lanai Doors, Roof Raising and Interior Work Performed Simultaneously at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Home of the Raiders
Lanai Doors Installed at the Las Vegas Raiders Allegiant Stadium, Fresh New Sidewalk, Temps Dropped 20 Degrees Overnight
This is an example of how we’re able to make up some of the delays, roughly 60 days in steel installation, by taking what normally would be done after the building was fully encased and closed in and doing that work out of typical sequence.” - Don Webb, CEO Allegiant Stadium Project
Hey Raider Fans. Yesterday, JediJoy went down to the stadium early to catch the final piece to the lanai doors being put in place. I had an infection in my eye so I had to wear a patch, like a pirate. Apologies if some of the shots are out of focus; I couldn't see lol.
After the final piece went up yesterday, the activity went to level 10 - everyone was busy. In order to keep the project on schedule, the crew has had to work on tasks they would normally do once the interior is enclosed.
He continued, “This is an example of how we’re able to make up some of the delays, roughly 60 days in steel installation, by taking what normally would be done after the building was fully encased and closed in and doing that work out of typical sequence.”
According to Don Webb, the 60 day delay was due to iron installation issues (aka the Truss Fuss that the Jedi reported back in on July 2nd 2019 on JediRich.com/Stadium-Updates.)
The cable lift is about a six-week process, and once the cables are hydraulically lifted about 100 feet off the ground, a late crew will be able to install some 800 segments of the precast lower-level concrete seating bowl into place. (*source: https://www.reviewjournal.com/business/stadium/sponsorship-money-high-psl-sales-boost-stadium-budget-to-2b-1849884/
As far as budget, we looked up the facts: The agreed upon budget was $1.88 Billion. In May, Don Webb requested $40 million for upgrade which also coincided with his need to do a third shift due to the Truss Fuss in May. In September 2019 ,Don Webb needed another $90 million. So the total amount over budget as of today is $130 million. The current cost is a $1.97 billion, just shy of $2 Billion. No worries - the overages will be paid for by the season ticket holders, not the taxpayers or Mark Davis, according to Rick Velotta from the Review Journal. REMINDER: Season tickets payments are due: November 15th, 2019. (*source: https://www.reviewjournal.com/business/stadium/first-las-vegas-raiders-season-tickets-fees-due-nov-15-1875116/)
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No worries, Don said. The stadium will still be done on time as the crew pushes full steam ahead. In fact, the stadium is now costing $3 million per day to ensure that it is open July 31, 2020. He said there is a risk involved with doing it this way. “The risk associated with that, obviously, is that if we have driving rain, some of this may be damaged, but we’ve taken mitigation efforts in order to minimize that chance and selected materials and locations so that they’d be less vulnerable,” he said. Let's hope for some good Las Vegas weather this Winter and Spring 2020.
Allegiant Stadium Roof Raising and Lanai door Installation in Progress
Las Vegas Raiders Allegiant Stadium Construction Update: 2nd Piece of Lanai Doors Installed
On October 23, 2019 they installed the first part of the Lanai Doors at Allegiant Stadium.
ALLEGIANT STADIUM CONSTRUCTION UPDATE: First Piece Lanai Door Installed
Roof Raising Has Begun
Roof Raising Halted at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS, NV : Don Webb told reporters that the roof raising began on October 7th, 2019. The Jedi have been observing the progress (or lack of progress) ever since.
The cable net roof appeared to begin lifting on October 11th, when the slack in the cables tightened. But since then, it appears that the roof has not moved at all. In fact, it's entirely possible that Don Webb simply tightened the slack to give the "appearance" that the roof was lifting.
A closer view of the cable net roof not showing much progress.
Here’s why we don’t trust Mick Akers:
The reporters at the Las Vegas Review-Journal who are responsible for covering the Allegiant Stadium, will attack anyone who suggests that there is a delay. There is being positive in your reporting and then there's been a sleazy salesman. Do you think Mick Akers understands the difference?
Aug 6th: Mick wrote that the roof raising was more complicated than a Swiss watch and it was to begin in September completed by October.
Sept. 30th: Jedi noticed 24/7 police patrol at each exit.
Oct 2: Vital Vegas notes that the roof raising had not yet begun. Possible 80-90 delay due stolen pieces that were needed to raise the roof. Aluminum pieces need a 90 day lead time.
Oct 2 : Mick Akers publicly accuses Scott Roeben of Vital Vegas of spreading fake news. Explains cops are there only for “extra security.” A twitter storm erupts over who’s paying for the extra police.
Mick Akers assures the public from his law enforcement contacts that the Raiders are paying. Much doubt was cast on Mick’s response from @LasVegasLocally.
Oct 4: Jedi confirm that the roof raising had not begun.
Oct 8: Rick Velotta confirms that tools were stolen. When asked about the delay, Rick’s response was it was simply due to “Don Webb overestimating his abilities”.
There was a a plan in August where both Rick Velotta and Mick Akers wrote that the cable net roof raising would begin in September. We are not that plan anymore. It's almost November and the roof does not appear to have begun lifting.
This is tax payer dollars. We have a right to know. The public shouldn’t have to wait for the Jedi to ask these questions on Twitter but the Jedi will do whatever is necessary when the safety of the general public is involved. We say “safety” because if Don Webb is so small that he lies about a roof raising delay, what do you think he’d say about a structural delay? Don Webb should be forthcoming with how he is handling taxpayers dollars. He shouldn’t get mad at you (the reporters) when you ask him question about simple production schedule delay. If he does, keep pressing.
Mick is a bully who attempts to smear reputable bloggers’ reputation using his verified status badge for credibility. Basically, he calls people fake news when someone writes something he doesn't like. Why? What is Mick's agenda? It's not getting to the bottom of the story, like the Jedi do.
Rick Velotta is an excellent journalist. He is one of the best; in 2010. But in 2019, he’s still basking in the glory of the awards he got while at the Las Vegas Sun. Since then, he’s obviously sold out. Example: He now works for his competition.
Rick needs press Don Webb when Don lies to Rick. An experienced journalist would know that.
In order to unravel the “Don Webb of Lies” for the Clark County taxpayers, Las Vegas needs to give credentials and access to someone like the Jedi.
By taxpayers, that means Lady Gaga, Elton John, Meek Mills, Travis Scott, Rihanna, Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Mariah Carey etc. Basically, anyone who visits Vegas; the Stadium is being paid for by Vegas visitors via a hotel tax. It’s not being paid for by locals via a sales tax.
Raiders Roof Raising Begins at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas
After a 6 week delay, the crew began raising the roof on Friday, October 11th. The process will take 6 weeks. They will raise the roof 4 feet each day.
No Clear Indication the Roof Began Raising on October 7th
The process to raise the roof at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas takes 6 weeks. They will slowly raise the roof 4 feet each day. Using simple math, if they started raising the roof on October 7th, 2019 then today the roof would be 20-25 feet off the ground; 6 days x 4 feet / day = 24 feet.
It is clear from the webcam photos that the roof is not 20 feet off the ground.
Trucks Dumped Gravel in the Front Parking Area
LAS VEGAS, NV: Everyone knew that parking would be an issue at Raiders Stadium tased upon the original plan presented to the taxpayers.
How could such an experienced set of architects at Mortensen/McCarthy Construction fail to see such an obvious blip in their stadium. A simple math calculation would say if you build a structure that seats 65,000 people then you will need about 15,000 parking spots. But for $1.8 billion, the architects only accounted for 2,375 seats. That would barely be enough for employees, media and VIPs.
Did Mortensen Construction and McCarthy Building Companies Inc Fail to Provide Enough Parking Spaces for a 65,000 Seat Stadium?
The Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas is a facility designed to hold 65,000 people. The stadium will host both college football for UNLV and the Las Vegas Raider. But Mortenson Construction and McCarthy Building Companies only proved for 2,375. What could have happened?
The original budget that was proposed to the taxpayers was $2.4 billion. That was rejected by the taxpayers. They came up with a new plan that only cost $1.8 billion. So far, Mortensen Construction and McCarthy Building Companies Inc are over budget by $200 million. The price is now $2 billion and we still have about a year to go.
Why is the Las Vegas Stadium Over Budget by $200 Million Already?
It was clear to everyone on social media that Mortenson Construction and McCarthy Builders had goofed up. The extra $40 million may have been to add stadium seats but it was also to cover the extra overtime required by the iron workers to catch up.
They said the stadium would cost $2.4 billion but we got a bargain at $1.8 billion. Looks like we are almost at $2.4 billion, Vegas style. Have you every been quoted a price for a hotel room in Vegas only to find out that was not the price you would pay at check out? #ThisIsVegas
We don’t know why but we do know that the Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas has not made any progress on raising the roof even though they’ve been ready since August 30th, 2019 (SOURCE: Rick Velotta, Las Vegas Review-Journal).
However, we do have a timeline of events that would lead someone to believe that there was a heist at Raiders Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas :
There Appears to Have Been a Heist at the Raiders Las Vegas Stadium
When you look at the timeline, there appears to be a heist. If not, then what is the reason for the roof delay?
There was a twitter flurry over concern as to who was going to pay for the add heightened security. Scott Gulbransen @LVGully Host of "Silver & Black Today" on Sports AM Radio1190 assured Las Vegas Locally that these police cars were "PAID FOR HIRE". That means that Mark Davis' Raiders is paying their hourly overtime, not the taxpayers of Clark County and their Hotel Guests.
The taxpayer, in this case, is anyone who has been to Las Vegas since 2018 because the Stadium is being paid for by a hotel tax."
The Stadium is over budget by $200 Million and that was before this latest fiasco. It is the opinion of JediRich.com Studios in Las Vegas that Don Webb is not being forthcoming with any significant events that the public needs to know. In fact, he uses the Las Vegas Review Journal's writers to squash any rumblings or rumors of any delays. That may be standard business practice for a privately funded casino. However, the Las Vegas Stadium is publicly funded and the taxpayers have a right to know what's going on with their money. The taxpayer, in this case, is anyone who has been to Las Vegas since 2018 because the Stadium is being paid for by your hotel hotel taxes.
What does Gaming and Hospitality have to do with owning the only newspaper in Las Vegas?
Sheldon Adelson owns the Venetian and the Palazzo. The Las Vegas Review-Journal was purchased by Sheldon Adelson in 2015. Sheldon Adelson has missed his last 3 earnings calls. Patrick Dumont is Sheldon's son-in-law and CFO.
It is the opinion of this studio that the Las Vegas Review-Journal has been compromised. The greed of a few overzealous, corporate execs (and politicians) from the casinos has spilled over into the local media. What does Gaming and Hospitality have to do with owning the only newspaper in Las Vegas? There are no synergies between a paper and a hotel/casino.
It's obvious that great writers like Rick Velotta are being required to spin and print only positive news about the stadium at the expense of a disservice to the public and anyone who's paid a hotel tax in Las Vegas.
JediRich is the unofficial Las Vegas Raiders street photographer.