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Raiders Set Up Live Stream at Stadium Site

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

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The National Football League’s Raiders team will allow the nation to watch in real time as its new stadium is being constructed in Las Vegas.

After the groundbreaking ceremony on Nov. 13, the team set up a “Live Stadium Cam” on top of the Mandalay Bay Hotel, allowing for anyone who’s curious to see what progression is being made at the site that will eventually house the 65,000-seat facility.

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With the stadium’s design, construction and operation is supposed to be a certain level of input from the public in a “community benefits plan” that has yet to be nailed down. USA Today reported that the team presented a draft that requires minority and female workers carry out at least 38 percent of construction work hours and 55 percent of operation hours on event days.

There’s also a view from the north, which updates in still frames every few minutes.

Groundbreaking

The ceremony was performed in front of about 1,000 people in attendance, and walked the line between celebration and memoriam, as the event also paid tribute to the 58 people who were killed in the Oct. 1 shooting close to the site.

Team owner Mark Davis also remarked that the celebration walked a difficult line with respect to the current fans of the team, which has largely been based in Oakland.

“We’re excited ... (but) it’s tough to celebrate the opportunity that we’ve got here,” Davis said in an ESPN interview.

Other Worries

While all systems are go, several agreements remain up in the air—as does the cost.

Agreements between the Raiders and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas has yet to be finalized, as is the situation with Las Vegas Stadium Authority board, the public entity that will be responsible for overseeing the stadium.

With the stadium’s design, construction and operation is supposed to be a certain level of input from the public in a “community benefits plan” that has yet to be nailed down. USA Today reported that the team presented a draft that requires minority and female workers carry out at least 38 percent of construction work hours and 55 percent of operation hours on event days.

EarthCam

After the groundbreaking ceremony on Nov. 13, the team set up a “Live Stadium Cam” ontop of the Mandalay Bay Hotel, allowing for anyone who’s curious to see what progression is being made at the site that will eventually house the 65,000-seat facility.

“While Raiders Executive Vice President Dan Ventrelle described the proposed agreement as the most aggressive ever for a stadium project, board members expressed concerns over the hiring targets,” the publication reported.

On top of those details, the cost for the already-projected $1.9 billion stadium could balloon, as $750 million of its financing is currently slated to come from publicly issued tax-exempt bonds, which would no longer be tax exempt if the GOP tax plan takes effect.

Officials say that if that happens, the plans won’t change, (though it will add a reported $3 million a year) but they also said they hope the stadium would be exempt as it is already in the works.

Construction

Actual construction cannot begin until all the agreements are put to bed, and then it will have to move at an ambitious speed—the goal is for the stadium to be ready for the 2020-21 season.

With Mortenson Construction and McCarthy Building Cos. serving as general contractors on the job, pre-construction work is currently being allowed onsite.

Bidding closed on the project on Nov. 13. An FAQ with Mortenson can be found here.

   

Tagged categories: Architecture; Commercial Construction; Stadiums/Sports Facilities

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