Al Davis Torch Ceremonial Torch Frame Completed
Allegiant Stadium Update
By Jedi Joy Lightowler
When this was all brought up in October, Mick Akers from Review Journal and Don Webb from Mortenson/McCarthy assured everyone the roof would be lifted by Thanksgiving. Now we are in December and the roof is not being raised any further because they claim it is no longer priority.
The fact that the roof is not being raised would make one speculate, that Vital Vegas was 100% correct. The roof was delayed 80-100 days. When this was brought up online, verified journalists like Mick Akers called Vital Vegas fake news and the trolls said all kinds of nasty things.
This was similar to when we said the stadium was pushed back and a third shift was required due to the truss fuss. A lot of people like to call out fake news when they hear the truth. People throw out this fake news concept when they hear things that are unpleasant to them. Just because someone doesn’t like the news, does not make it fake news.
Allegiant Stadium (pronounced “Al-the-Giant” Stadium) Torch Frame in Place. It's enormous. Its going to be cool. Made of aluminum and carbon fiber.
by Jedi Joy Lightowler
Al Davis' Memorial Torch
Owner, Mark Davis and the Raiders started a tradition in 2011 to honor his father, Al Davis. Al Davis was the beloved owner of the Raiders for 39 years. Prior to every game the team and fans light the memorial torch to pay tribute to Al Davis. It is a beautiful memory of Al Davis’ vision, “The Fire that burns the brightest in the Raiders’ organization, is the will to Win”.
The Al Davis Memorial Torch, with that famous quote inscribed on the base will now have a new home. The Raiders team and fans have loved this torch lighting tradition, since 2011. The first person to light the torch in Memory of Al Davis was John Madden in 2011. John Madden and Al Davis had a fantastic football history together and it was most fitting for him to be the first to light the torch.
For the last 8 years, many people have lit the torch. From celebrities, to previous players, coaches and the Raiderettes. This has been a highlight moment for the team and fans. This torch will now be moving to the Raiders Henderson Headquarters. It will be part of a beautiful memorial made for Al Davis.
At the Allegiant Stadium, there will be a new high tech torch. The torch is being made on a 3D printer in Kansas City. There are only 2 of these 3D printers in the world and one is being used for this project. The 3D printer will create a 85 foot structure. This will be the largest 3D printed object in the world to date.
The new torch will be electronic, so the ceremony will change a little bit. There will no longer be someone literally lighting the flame. It will be exciting to see the new flame. They have not released what the structure looks like exactly to the public. I am sure it will be amazing.
The crew finished the frame of the base for the new torch. It sits right in the middle of the Lenai doors. I am sure the team and fans will love the new tradition, just as they loved the previous lighting tradition. It will be fun to see the massive structure.
JediRich is the unofficial Las Vegas Raiders street photographer.