On Monday, Las Vegas Raiders owner Mark Davis said he’ll be treating the entire Allegiant Stadium construction crew to dinner upon the stadium’s completion, which is scheduled to be done on July 31.
Davis’ generous offer to throw this massive dinner party is to show the hard-working crew, and their loved ones, the extent of the team’s gratitude for all of their efforts in making the $1.9 billion-stadium a reality.
“I can tell you, the first thing that I promised to have happen, is I’m going to feed all the workers and a plus-one a steak dinner on the floor of that stadium,” Davis can be heard saying in an upcoming episode of PodKats! which airs next Monday. “Now, the amount of people that we have, it may take two or three steak dinners, because I think we’re up to like 12,000 people.
“But I promised that to them, and I’m going to follow through. We’ve served them a bunch of lunches, and I told them, ‘You get this thing done, you’re getting a steak dinner.’”
The steak-appreciation dinner will be held after completion of the stadium is through, and right before the stadium’s first concert. The Garth Brooks stadium tour will be the first concert held at the stadium on August 22, 2020.
Allegiant Stadium Construction
Construction on Allegiant Stadium began on November 13, 2017. The July 2020 completion date is a “substantial completion” date, which means that certain elements of the stadium won’t be fully finished, but enough work will be done to allow the stadium to host football games, concerts and other types of events.
The laborers and subcontracting firms who have been working diligently on the massive project over the past two years are a diverse, local group. More than 70% of the companies employed on the project are from Nevada.
The 65,000-seat indoor stadium has employed nearly 2,000 construction workers to get the project completed since 2017.
Scheduled Completion Date on Track
In January, Don Webb, an executive for the Raiders subsidiary that’s in charge of building the state-of-the-art stadium, gave the Las Vegas Stadium Authority board that the football stadium will be finished on time.
Webb, the chief operating officer of StadCo, which serves as the subsidiary supervising general contractor Mortenson-McCarthy Joint Ventures, says the company has been late on any opening-day deadlines.
“Mortenson has extensive experience in constructing major sports and entertainment facilities. U.S. Bank Stadium, where the Vikings call home. SunTrust Park, home of the Atlanta Braves. Target Field. Coors Field. TCF Bank Stadium. FedEx Forum, and many other stadiums that have been successfully completed on time by them,” Webb said in a thorough explanation when explaining the delay in the stadium’s roof installation.
His presentation was convincing enough, as none of the eight Las Vegas Stadium Authority board members had any follow-up questions once he was through.
“Mortenson has never failed to complete a sports facility on time,” he said to further boost the board’s confidence. “Allegiant Stadium will not be their first failure because Allegiant Stadium will be completed on time.”
Planned Events for Allegiant Stadium
Besides being the home-game playing field for the Las Vegas Raiders, the domed-stadium will be home to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) Rebels college football team as well. There are even talks of the stadium hosting a near-future Super Bowl and a Pro Bowl.
But outside of football, Allegiant Stadium has plans to potentially host other major events in the sports entertainment realm. Those events include WrestleMania, the NCAA Final Four, USA Sevens rugby tournament, Monster Jam, UFC, international soccer matches, corporate shows and more.
The stadium will also serve as an excellent venue for concerts, musical shows, and potentially even major festivals in the future.
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