This week they will be lifting some of the steel parts that were assembled on the ground. These parts weigh about 130,000 lbs. They will use the massive cranes to move these parts. These cranes are the biggest cranes we have ever had in Nevada.
The amount of concrete and steel for this project is jaw dropping. They say that they could create a sidewalk across the country with the amount of concrete used for this project. There is so much steel used as a well. They have two other locations that house the extra steel. They bring it to the stadium as needed. One of those locations is at the truck stop at Wild West Casino. These steel and concrete guys are some of the best in the country.
Mortenson and McCarthy are the best in the country for Stadium construction. The Raiders specifically wanted to hire them. They loved the work they did on the US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. They are in such high demand, that they had to wait till they were available for this project. They are doing such a fantastic job. They are all about safety. They have zero work injuries or mishaps. They pride themselves in keeping it this way. When you go to the stadium, you can clearly see that everyone is adhering to the safety rules.
This stadium is very exciting for Las Vegas. This is the first stadium since Sam Boyd, which is much smaller and older. Sam Boyd is not even big enough for NFL regulation field. The UNLV Rebels will be using this stadium as well for their college events. There will be a lot of events held at this stadium including, Super Bowl, Pro Bowl, NFL Draft, PAC 12 Football Championship game, NCAA Final Four, UFC, concerts and many more.
Las Vegas is extremely excited to welcome the Black and Silver to the Silver state. As Mark Davis (owner of the Raiders) said “Together we can turn the Silver State into the silver and black state.” A couple years ago Nevada did not even have a pro team. Now they have three, hockey, woman’s basketball and now football!! It will be fun to be able to bet on a game right before you walk in the stadium. This was the concern of the NFL, that cheating would be encouraged with gambling legal in the state. Since you can now bet online in many states, they finally decided to let Nevada have an NFL team. We are all so excited.
The stadium sits on a 62+ acre lot that is built into the ground. This was necessary since the airport is right by the stadium. They had to make sure it was out of the fly zone. There will be a cutting edge roof. The roof will be made from a material that lets the light in, but keeps the heat out. This is super important in the hot desert. There will be an open window to the strip. It will have retractable window shades. The stadium’s address is super simple 3333 Al Davis Way. In memory of the late owner Al Davis. There will also be a statue of him in the front holding a torch.
This footage is rare footage of the construction. Pretty soon the exterior will be added and we will not be able to see into the stadium as much. They will be working on the interior in the last several months. If you live in Las Vegas, go check it our, before it’s completely done. If you don’t live in Las Vegas, then I hope you enjoy this video.
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JediRich is the unofficial Las Vegas Raiders street photographer.