Why Did the Roof Stop Raising at Allegiant Raiders Stadium
LAS VEGAS, NV: Hey Raider fans! This month saw some huge progress at the Stadium. The glass is nearly complete and they are continuing to work the field tray.
UPDATE: 12-30-2019 at 11:57AM
Instead of waiting until after Winter, the crew rushed to lift the roof in the middle October. In October 31st, temperatures froze for the first time this season. That’s when the “structural members” of the stadium broke due to over stressing and the inspectors shut down the project.
They do not know when they can begin lifting again, hence the concern from Mark Davis and Roger Goodell, who visited the site after hearing the news on December 5th, 2019. There is no date to begin lifting again.
The big news is Mark Davis made a surprise visit to the Stadium on December 5th after several missed milestone dates raising the roof. He met with the crew at the Stadium and had dinner with Oscar Goodman.
We don't know what they were talking about but I imagine it had something to do with Tommy White inspecting the steel personally on November 1st and giving the go ahead to lift the roof. The problem is the roof raising system is temperature dependent. By raising the roof with aluminum and steel parts after temps dropped 30 degrees, they broke the Freyssinet roof raising system. They knew this would happen which is why Don Webb made a point to carefully schedule the roof raising before Winter began. Winter in Las Vegas is extremely harsh because Las Vegas has an altitude of over 2000 feet. If you've never lived in a high-desert or at altitude, everything is different. You get drunk faster, more tired faster and temperatures affect metal more than at sea level - things break easier. You need special gear when you mountain climb because of the degrading effects of weather on materials when temperatures swing from 60 degrees Fahrenheit to freezing overnight.
The other reason to have the roof raised by October is rain. If the roof was raised, the workers could work inside the dome without getting wet or muddy. Mud is one reason they shut down the construction site. It's too dangerous.
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