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.
Roof Raising Begins Today
Rumor is that they will slowly begin raising the roof today. It is a 6-week process. The original plan was to be have the roof lifted by the end of October. Now, it appears the glass panel roof won't be finished until closer to the end of November.
It's a marvel of a project. Don Webb was quote's as saying "There is no room for error when lifting this glass panel roof structure." But yet, errors happen. How a leader deals with mistakes is what makes the difference.
Don Webb has done a great job of keeping this project on task amid a number of adversities. Webb has had to deal with the worst snow storm in Vegas history. Then, the crew put parts of the iron trusses on upside down in May so they could not use a $1,000,000 crane rental for 6 weeks until June 16th. Now, some jambe stole aluminum parts that were needed in raising the roof.
These unfortunate events costs the Raiders and Mark Davis an additional $200 million raising the cost of the stadium from the original price tag from $1.8 billion to $2 billion.
Don Webb Says Roof Robbery Will Not Delay Opening Date
Video Available 10-7-2019, 06:00 Vegas Time
Hey Raider fans. The reason the workers have not started to raise the roof yet is because some aluminum parts and tools were stolen (or misplaced). We heard there was a 3 month lead time for the new parts (source: @VitalVegas). As a result of the robbery, there are now two LVMPD police cars stationed at each exit, lights flashing. There was a concern that the patrol cars were on County time. Mick Akers from the Las Vegas Review-Journal contacted a source with law enforcement and he confirmed that Mark Davis and the Raiders are paying for the heightened security.
We all know Oakland is rough. But y'all ain't seen nothing like Las Vegas yet.
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Rick Velotta, Las Vegas Review Journal
Mick Akers, Las Vegas Review-Journal
Parts Stolen, LVMPD Posted at Every Exit and On Property
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Slowly Raising the Roof
Hey Raider Nation. JediJoy and JediRich are back to give you the first update for October 2019. Everything is moving along. But we heard today that the roof is 80-100 days behind the construction schedule (Source: @vitalvegas). Apparently, someone stole some big aluminum parts for the roof. It is a 3 month lead time on the replacements. But now, they have LVMPD cop cars with light flashing posted at every exit, and even on the property. We will head down again and see what we can find out about the delay. As far as everything else, more clean up, painting, glass and slowly raising the roof.
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