Allegiant Stadium COO Says Venue Will Open On Time Despite Delays
Allegiant Stadium COO Don Webb said that the 65,000-seat venue "will be completed on time," adding that lead developer Mortenson Construction has "never missed an opening-day commitment," according to Richard Velotta of the LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL. Webb said that the stadium, about 80% completed, has 2,000 craftsmen "working on the site and that extra weekend shifts have been added to assure the Raiders can take possession of the building on July 31." Webb also "spelled out what went wrong with the installation of the translucent durable-plastic roof -- a project builders began last summer and pushed back multiple times with a mid-May completion now anticipated." He said that the contractor and its subcontractors have "taken responsibility for any added costs associated with materials and delays." Because contractors "initially believed the building would be sealed by mid-April, they're considering the bottom-line delay to be about 35 days" (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 1/17).
WORKING ON A PLAN: Raiders President Marc Badain said that the team is "working on parking, tailgating and transportation issues for a report." He said that fans "need 9,500 parking spaces and staff and workers need 2,500." Badain also "claimed the Raiders are eyeing sites that would supply 30,000 parking spots." He added that the Raiders have spent $50M on "land for parking." Badain said there were 2,500 spots "used for tailgating" at RingCentral Coliseum and there "will be more than enough spots for tailgating" at Allegiant Stadium (LVSPORTSBIZ.com, 1/16). Badain said he has a "99% confidence" level in the "still-developing strategy" regarding parking. He added that the team is "actively involved in talks with land owners who have lots to the immediate west of the stadium, which is just across Interstate 15 from Mandalay Bay" (LAS VEGAS SUN, 1/17). Meanwhile, Badain said that around 60% of Raiders PSL buyers "were from Nevada," with 40% "coming from outside" the state. He added that around 7,000 fans "who had season tickets in Oakland bought PSLs for Allegiant Stadium." Badain also said that the Raiders "sold out their personal seat licenses well ahead of schedule" (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 1/17).