Oakland Raiders' Owner Mark Davis and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Visit Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas After Three Missed Major Milestone Dates
Stadium Delay Not to be Confused with Opening Date Delay
LAS VEGAS, NV: Mark Davis and his Raiders execs came to visit Vegas after Thanksgiving. We don't know the purpose of their visit, but the Jedi suspect it has something to do missing 3 major milestone dates that were printed in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
The Stadium is $130 Million Over Budget
The Stadium fell behind in May 2019 when the crew built a truss with parts put on upside down. It had to be taken down, rebuilt and put back up. They waited 6 weeks. Word on the street was there was an argument between Don Webb and the contractors. No-one wanted to take the blame. https://www.jedirich.com/daily-news/true-value-hardware-store-owner-and-a-usaf-veteran-the-painters-were-painting-old-trusses
After that bump in the road, Rick Velotta mentioned the Jedi in the Review Journal as "obsessed bloggers". Obsessed, correct. https://www.reviewjournal.com/business/business-columns/inside-gaming/raiders-stadium-may-have-hit-bump-in-road-but-it-wont-delay-opening-1624645/
In July of 2019, Mick Akers from the Las Vegas Review-Journal wrote that the roof raising was a major milestone to be completed by the end of October. When that date was missed, Mick wrote that the new date was Nov 10th. When that date was missed, Mick wrote the new date for the completion was Thanksgiving. On November 29th, the day after the missed Thanksgiving deadline, Mick wrote that the roof raising is no longer a major milestone and it will be lifted sometime in December. Three business days later Mark Davis and the Raider's executives show up in Vegas.
Word on the street is there was an argument between Don Webb, CEO of Allegiant Stadium and Freyssinet. Freyssinet is the company who is raising the roof using a new technology that has never been done before in the United States. Some members were laid off because of the delay; hence the whistle blowing information. Here is what the Jedi think happened:
We noted that on September 30th, cops were patrolling the exits 24/7. We asked Mick Akers and he said they were only there for heightened security. He also reassured the Twitter community that the taxpayers were not paying for the hired security. We believed that a disgruntled worker stole some parts or electrical wiring that were needed to raise the roof. This has not been confirmed.
On October 2nd, Vital Vegas tweeted that the oof raising delay at Allegiant stadium. Mick Akers immediately attacked Vital Vegas and accused him of spreading fake news. Mick’s overreaction alerted the Jedi to investigate. We started observing the roof raising progress daily. https://www.jedirich.com/daily-news/is-don-webb-lying-to-the-media-about-the-status-of-the-raiders-stadium-in-las-vegas
The roof began raising around October 11th, but only for a few weeks. The progress stopped before Thanksgiving. No word as to when they will begin lifting the roof again. And no explanation as to what caused the delay.
Don Webb wanted to rush the roof raising. Freyssinet said no. There was another argument. Don decided to lift the roof against the advice of Freyssinet; Don Webb took a risk to meet deadlines. The weather changed. On October 31st, temperatures dropped nearly 30 degrees overnight. There were rumors that the cold weather caused some steel to lose its integrity. We didn’t know details about any bolts at that time, but Steve Wolford from News 3 interviewed Tommy White to investigate.
November 9th, Mick wrote the roof will be raised by Thanksgiving. Within a week, the roof raising has stopped completely. On November 27th, Mick wrote that the roof raising was no longer a major milestone and it will be completed sometime in December. On December 5th, Mark Davis and his Raiders execs showed up in Vegas.
JediRich is the unofficial Las Vegas Raiders street photographer.