Special thanks to John McCrea of CAKE MUSIC.
And thank you JediJoy! I injured my back this week and I’ve been nearly paralyzed see my post on “Candida back fat and muscle pains.”
I (JediJoy), went on two solo Raider Stadium photo adventures. JediRich pulled a muscle in his back and has been healing up with Cannabis and his tens massager. I had so much fun. The stadium is coming along beautifully.
On the first day, they were working on a bunch of the trusses. They have been cruising along. On the second day, they lifted another one. I noticed while I was there that they brought in another crane. This one was called a Barnhart Crane. It was massive.
I spoke to the gentleman that was the specialist there with the crane. I asked him how much this Barnhart crane could lift. He told me a million pounds. That is the new orange one that goes across the front of the stadium. They are using this one to help lift the trusses. This will also help to eventually lift the roof on the top of the trusses.
I noticed that they have completed a lot of the concrete on the east side bleachers. These are the away team bleachers. They will be sitting with their backs to the strip. The home team will be facing towards the strip. They have come a long way in a couple weeks.
I am hearing that they have gotten caught up and that the stadium is on course if not hopefully opening a couple days early. We will keep you all posted as it gets closer. For now, we are going into the hot season for Las Vegas. Luckily the crew adjusted their hours last year when we kept tweeting. So when it’s close to 120 degrees or more, the crew starts early like around 2 am, then they get off before it’s too insanely hot out there.
It is super important coming into the summer season for the crew to stay hydrated. Mortenson/McCarthy have set up watering and cooling stations. If you start to overheat, you can go cool off. They make sure that everyone is staying on top of their hydration. This crew is all about safety. They don’t want even one person to get hurt or injured on their projects. Zero mishaps or injuries.
This is the time to check out the stadium if you live in Las Vegas. It is getting harder to see the inside as they build the walls around the outside. It’s a great time to go check out all the crew working on the cranes. It’s a site to see. Their are so many huge cranes and the smaller ones that lift the crew all day long. It feels very alien like out there with all the amazing machinery.
The crew appears to be in great spirits right now. Everyone I talked to is very positive about the project. One interesting event happened while I was filming. That was when the Raiders security guard asked if I was with the Review Journal. I said no, then she said I was okay to stay. I am sensing there is some tension going on between the press and the stadium. This is most likely stemming from all the back and forth of the opening date a couple weeks back.
Stay tuned for more updates.
JediRich is the unofficial Las Vegas Raiders street photographer.