The Raiders Stadium exterior is so close to being complete. They have enclosed the backside of the stadium with steel. It’s now hard to see into the stadium from the road. The crew have been cruising along the last month with this fantastic weather. They will have to start to adjust the schedules, now that we are heading into the hottest time of year.
Currently there are about 1400 crew members on the day shift. There are about 125 on the night shift. The end of June and beginning of July are the hottest times in Las Vegas. They are going to start shifting some of the day crew to night crew since the temperature gets up to around 120 degrees in Vegas.
It’s super important this time of year for the crew to stay cool. It is much easier to work in the early hours here. Once you hit noon it’s a scorcher out there. Mortenson/McCarthy have set up cooling stations for the crew to decompress. If they get too hot they can go cool off in the cooled down tent. They also make sure the crew stays hydrated.
If people are not from Vegas and even if you are from Vegas, that summer heat can catch you off guard. We are starting to have trouble walking around because it’s getting so hot. I am super happy to hear that part of the crew will move to the night shift. This is one professional crew out there. They have the cleanest work site I’ve ever seen.
We are getting excited for the Raiders coming in 2020. It appears that they have caught up and are on course if not early for the open date. It’s quite a beautiful site to see. I cannot wait till it is filled with over 60,000 fans and players. I know Oakland will miss the Raiders, but we are sure happy to Welcome them to Las Vegas!
JediRich is the unofficial Las Vegas Raiders street photographer.