Las Vegas Raiders Look into Backup Plan for Home Games

Allegiant Stadium Las VegasWith the coronavirus pandemic still causing a lot of uncertainty around the world, especially in the city of Las Vegas, the Raiders are eyeing backup plans in case the outbreak interferes with Allegiant Stadium’s July completion date.

It makes sense that the team would want to cover their bases, especially when there’s really no telling what could happen next. Just two days ago, a second Allegiant Stadium worker tested positive for COVID-19. Construction, however, is carrying on.

According to a report by Forbes, the Las Vegas Raiders are possibly looking into playing some of their games at Sam Boyd Stadium. They’re even thinking about out-of-state road options for places to play, with El Paso or San Antonio, Texas as could-be options.

In fact, an NFL insider said that the team might be playing their first few games of the regular season on the road.

The stadium is set to be complete by July 31.

As of now, there is no indication that construction will be halted due to the coronavirus outbreak, and the construction industry as a whole has been deemed as an essential business during the statewide closures of casinos and nonessential businesses.

Construction Still Carrying On in Clark County and Across the Country

While there have been a few cases of COVID-19 workers recently, namely three Resorts World Las Vegas workers and two Allegiant Stadium workers, the construction industry has been one of the least affected industries.

Many health industry experts say it’s because the construction sector is typically an outside business.

With outside work and contact, airborne particles dissipate much more easily as compared with indoor spaces. That means the virus is less likely to spread among individuals when they’re outdoors.

But, while it’s business as usual for those in the construction industry, preventative policies and procedures have been implemented to fight the further spread of the virus.

Some of those policies include health wellness checks on workers at the start of their shift, social distance guidelines of six feet of space between workers at all times, hand-washing stations in various areas around the job site, and limited meetings with no more than 10 people gathered at once.

About Allegiant Stadium

Allegiant Stadium is a domed stadium being constructed for the Las Vegas Raiders, serving as their home stadium, as well as an entertainment venue for musical concerts and other events. It’s the first stadium of its kind in Las Vegas, Nevada. The total cost of the project is close to $2 billion.

Second Allegiant Stadium Worker Tests Positive for COVID-19

Allegiant Stadium ExteriorOn Wednesday, Mortenson-McCarthy Builders, the construction firm who is building the Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, announced that a second worker of theirs has tested positive for the new coronavirus.

The first Allegiant Stadium worker to test positive for the virus was two weeks ago on March 26.

After that happened, the construction firm “implemented stringent cleaning protocols on the project” consistent with CDC guidelines.

According to the company, the affected worker was not in close contact with other workers since social guidelines had been implemented on site grounds after the first incident took place.

Mortenson-McCarthy Builders maintain that work “continues in other areas of the project that remain unaffected,” according to Mick Akers with the Las Vegas Review Journal.

Sports Stadium Construction is ‘Essential’ and Will Carry On

Despite some cases of COVID-19 being present in the construction sector, work has been deemed ‘essential’ by government authorities and will press on, with of course the implementation of preventative procedures.

Luckily, outside work is said to be ‘advantageous’ according to health experts. The reason beingis  that airborne-materials more easily dissipate, making the risk of catching or spreading the virus minimal.

Construction work is able to continue during the statewide closures of casinos and nonessential businesses, which include beauty services, retail stores and more.

Stringent Policies and Procedures Put into Place

While the number of construction workers who have tested positively for COVID-19 on Las Vegas specific jobs sites, such a Resorts World Las Vegas who had a third worker test positive this week, has been minimal and contained, it’s caused construction firms to strictly enforce new work procedures to prevent a greater spread.

Take a look at the preventive policies and procedures list that Mortenson-McCarthy has installed around the worksite that workers are expected to follow thoroughly amid the coronavirus pandemic:

  • Strict Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance including directing team members who feel sick or have health-related concerns to stay home
  • A daily verbal health screen of all workers conducted prior to beginning work on site
  • Implementation of strict social distancing guidelines and recommended personal hygiene practices
  • Reduced worker concentrations
  • Increased sanitation and cleaning throughout the project site including high traffic areas, which are sanitized multiple times per day. The monitoring of those areas to ensure appropriate social distancing and sanitation.
  • Hand wash stations and sanitizers available throughout the project job site
  • Implementation of a COVID-19 Compliance Team to check that adherence to local, state and national laws/recommendations are being followed.
  • Staggered start times to minimize the number of workers entering the job site at any given time.
  • Working with customers and trade partners to adjust workflows as necessary.
  • Implementation of teleconferencing whenever applicable.
  • Suspension of large group gathering and meetings of more than 10 people.

Stay Tuned

With construction carrying on in the valley, and on Allegiant Stadium specifically, it’s still set to open as scheduled this August. But, with the way the pandemic is currently, it’s hard to say if construction will carry on as usual, or be halted.

We can only take it day by day and see how things progress. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation in Clark County and give you the latest updates. We hope you’re staying healthy out there!

Personalized Bricks for Sale at Raiders’ Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas

Personalized Bricks on GroundNot only are the Raiders making history with their recent transition from the Oakland Raiders to the Las Vegas Raiders, Vegas’ first dedicated NFL team, but Raiders fans now have the opportunity to secure a piece of history alongside with them.

The Raiders Foundation announced on Tuesday that fans will be able to purchase a personalized brick at Allegiant Stadium, the team’s new home in Las Vegas, through the Legacy Brick Program.

The personalized bricks will be cemented right in front of the entrance where fans will walk in once the stadium officially opens its doors August 2020. The bricks are a great way to pay tribute to loved ones or your love for Raider nation, in a lasting way.

All Proceeds Benefit the Raiders Foundation

Bricks range from $850-$1500, and all proceeds will benefit the Raiders Foundation, the charitable arm of the Raiders. Every dollar that is generated through the foundation goes straight back into the community. The foundation is committed to increasing community and civic health through military support, youth development, youth sport’s initiative and growing the game of football, according to a news release.

The Raiders Foundation first major charitable act as the Las Vegas Raiders was pledging $500,000 to eliminate student meal debt across the silver state:

“Today, we want to make a donation to the Nevada Department of Agriculture meal service program, which feeds kids lunch and breakfast at the schools. We are hoping to eliminate the debt that the entire state of Nevada has to do that project, and in that regard we are donating $500,000 to the program,” said Raiders Owner Mark Davis.

On Tuesday, Raiders partnered with MGM Resorts and Clean the World to package and donate hygiene kits to homeless veterans.

The Raiders are currently scheduling elementary schools, recreation centers, and other non-profit organizations for 2020 Raiders Junior Training Camps. These are free youth football clinics facilitated by the Raiders for boys and girls ages 7-12.

Raiders Junior Training Camps emphasize education, exercise and positive choices for kids in a safe and fun environment. The Camp’s curriculum was developed so that any student can participate regardless of age, gender, ability, or experience.

Raiders Surprise Local Fan-Family with Stadium’s First Seats

On Tuesday, the Raiders also surprised fans with the first installed stadium seats in a Twitter video, as well as the family that will be calling those seats theirs this year.

The Diaz family lives in Vegas but have been loyal Raiders supporters for years. One of the family members in the video mentioned that he is a Raiders season ticket holder and has been traveling to Oakland from Vegas to see the games. Now that the Raiders are officially in Vegas, the family couldn’t be more thrilled.

The Diaz family thought they were just taking a tour of the stadium. Instead, the organization surprised them with the first seats in the house, which the Raiders say will be the same seats they will sit in this upcoming season.

Bankruptcy Auction Sells 38 Acres of Property on Las Vegas Strip

Aerial View of South End Las Vegas StripChapter 11 Trustee, Attorney Kavita Gupta, has been appointed to oversee the bankruptcy sale of 38.56 acres of privately-owned real property on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip. The Bankruptcy Court approved a bid deadline of April 30, 2020 for those who are planning to set a bid. For qualified bidders to auction, they set a deadline of May 19, 2020.

“The auction process is intended to bring about an efficient, transparent and final sale of this property. The 12 parcels can be purchased individually or in the aggregate with offers reviewed and considered in advance of the bid deadline,” said Gupta.

The development site, which is over 38 acres large, also includes around 750 feet of frontage on Las Vegas Boulevard directly across from Mandalay Bay. It’s prime real estate, considering the fact that it’s walking distance from the new Las Vegas Raiders stadium.

The development is being touted as a once in a lifetime opportunity as it’s in a Qualified Opportunity Zone and zoned for gaming, hotels, retail, restaurants, entertainment, resort uses and parking among other uses.

Since the properties are located just west of McCarran International Airport, there are maximum height allowances for different parts of the property.

Prime Real Estate

Matthew Bordwin, Principal at Keen-Summit Capital Partners LLC, one of the exclusive real estate advisors for this offering, says there’s nothing else like this property available for development on the Strip. With the heart of the Strip being between the Wynn property and Mandalay Bay being fully developed, this opportunity is the last true development opportunity within the heart of the Strip.

Michael Stuart, Broker at Colliers International, another exclusive real estate advisor for this offering, commented further that:

“The southern part of the Strip is becoming a strong growth area due to the opening of the new Raiders Stadium later this year. There is limited opportunity for developers to take advantage of a site of this size and capitalize on the more than 42 million annual visitors.”

Bankruptcy Filing

On April 30th of 2018, Desert Land LLC, Desert Oasis Apartments LLC, and Desert Oasis Investments LLC all filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy petitions in the District of Nevada. Because Kavita Gupta is the court-appointed Chapter 11 Trustee for the properties, she has the responsibility and the right to oversee the entire sale process. Gupta also has to manage the debtors’ property and business activities.

Then, in December of 2019, Gupta appointed Keen-Summit Capital Partners LLC and Colliers International as the exclusive real estate agents for the aforementioned properties.

About Keen-Summit Capital Partners LLC

Keen-Summit Capital Partners LLC is a real estate brokerage, workout and investment banking firm. They are known for their concentration and focus on special situations, restructurings, bankruptcies, and receiverships. With a particular expertise in workouts and restructurings, Keen-Summit Capital Partners LLC represents property owners, retail and commercial tenants, commercial and industrial businesses, investors, developers, and creditors across various industries.

About Colliers International

Colliers International (NASDAQ, TSX: CIGI) is a leading global real estate services and investment management company. With operations in 68 countries, their 14,000 enterprising people work collaboratively to provide expert advice and services to maximize the value of property for real estate occupiers, owners and investors.

The approved bid procedures and full offering details are available at

They’re Officially the Las Vegas Raiders Now: And Here’s Their First Order of Business

Raiders Logo Graffiti ArtIt’s official: The Raiders officially became the Las Vegas Raiders on Wednesday, Jan. 22.

Gov. Steve Sisolak commemorated the momentous day by proclaiming Jan. 22 as Las Vegas Raiders Day in Nevada.

With Sisolak and team owner Mark Davis in attendance, the Raiders finalized what’s been in the making for nearly three years at the name change ceremony held on Wednesday. The special event was held in front of the Raider’s new home stadium, Allegiant Stadium. Sisolak gave an official proclamation to Davis at the conference to commemorate the change. Jim Plunkett, Raider’s legend, was also there in celebration.

“The Raiders were born in Oakland and played 13 seasons in (Los Angeles),” Davis said. “Both cities will always be part of our DNA. But today we begin a new chapter in our storied history. For today —  January 22, 2020 — we are now the Las Vegas Raiders.”

“And today,” Davis said, “Las Vegas officially becomes our nation’s capital.”

The crowd erupted in applause during the official announcement. Raiders players also signed Allegiant Stadium construction workers’ hard hats, and even one worker’s boots.

The Raiders are preparing to play for the first time in their new Las Vegas home this fall. Their headquarters and training facility are currently located in Henderson.

Exciting announcements were also made during the ceremony, one being that the Raiders will begin selling Las Vegas Raiders gear at the 2020 NFL Draft to kick off the change. The Raiders organization, who have already immersed themselves in philanthropic initiatives around the Las Vegas community, said the team will be doing even more.

500,000 Pledge to Eliminate Silver State’s Student Meal Debt

The Las Vegas Raiders are pledging $500,000 to eliminate student meal debt as their first big order of business. This pledge will be allocated through the Nevada Community Foundation (NCF). Schools in the state of Nevada that participate in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs will be working with the Nevada Community Foundation to eliminate any existing school meal debt.

“Today, we want to make a donation to the Nevada Department of Agriculture meal service program, which feeds kids lunch and breakfast at the schools. We are hoping to eliminate the debt that the entire state of Nevada has to do that project, and in that regard, we are donating $500,000 to the program,” Davis said.

Why Help is Needed

The National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs are federally assisted meal programs operating in public and non-profit charter schools. If a local family is unable to afford school meals and does not qualify for federal free or reduced-priced meals, the debt is accrued at the school level. The donation by the Las Vegas Raiders will narrow the gap between schools and families who are unable to pay off their student meal debts.

School Nutrition Association’s Pratt- Heavner said this of the importance of providing access to free meals:

“Providing universal free school meals would not only address this issue of unpaid meal charges, but it would recognize the fact that having a healthy meal in the middle of the day is necessary to school achievement. Hungry kids cannot learn.”

A Proud Partnership

The funds are being allocated through the Nevada Community Foundation, which is working in conjunction with the Raiders and the Nevada Department of Agriculture, administrator of the state’s National School Lunch (NSLP) and Breakfast (SBP) Programs.

Gian Brosco, President & CEO, Nevada Community Foundation, said this of the new partnership:

“We are proud to partner with the Las Vegas Raiders as the administrator of the organization’s community fund that will retire the cumulative school meal debt for eligible institutions currently participating in NSLP and SBP with the Nevada Department of Agriculture.

As the newly-minted Las Vegas Raiders begin to prepare for their arrival as the state’s first-ever NFL team, their positive influence over the Las Vegas community nly continues to grow, as evidenced by this significant gesture. We commend Mark Davis for actively seeking opportunities like this that make a real difference for Nevada students and residents.”

The Raiders’ New Partner is Announced for Las Vegas Stadium

The Oakland Raiders will soon be making their new home in Las Vegas. This week, the Raiders’ new partner was officially revealed. To the surprise of many, the famous NFL team has teamed up with a tribal casino operator in California.

Oakland Raiders Helmet

Allegiant Stadium, where the Raiders will play in Las Vegas, won’t be complete until 2020. It makes sense for the team to seek new partnerships before it opens up. Let’s look at why this team is moving to Vegas, and what this partnership means moving forward.

Why Are the Raiders Moving to Las Vegas?

The Raiders are well-known for having one of the most passionate fan bases in the entire NFL. There’s a mystique about the team which has long been considered the place for the league’s toughest players. Unfortunately, Oakland has struggled to generate much success over the years and has one of the lowest budgets of any NFL team.

Recently, the NFL demanded that the Raiders begin playing in a new stadium. The team’s current home is the RingCentral Stadium (the Colosseum) which it shares with the Oakland Athletics MLB team. It’s considered to be one of the worst stadiums in the country.

The Raiders failed to propose an adequate stadium solution to officials in the NFL. The team then decided it would make the move to Los Angeles. Once again, this idea was shot down by the league. Finally, the team agreed on plans to move into Las Vegas. To the surprise of some, heads of the NFL greenlit these plans. The team agreed to begin playing at the future Allegiant Stadium, in an area that many real estate firms are investing in.

Las Vegas has recently begun to embrace its professional sports industry. Just a few years ago, the Las Vegas Golden Knights were created here. They’ve quickly become one of the top teams in the NHL.

Not everyone is happy about it, but the Raiders are moving to Las Vegas. This week, the team announced its newest partner.

The Raiders’ New Partner Isn’t Based in Las Vegas

Many believed that the Raiders would team up with one of the many Las Vegas casino companies to help with promotional work and funding. Interestingly, the team has revealed this week that it’s signed a deal with San Manuel Casino, based in Southern California.

Marc Badain, President of the Raiders, commented on this new partnership to the media this week.

“We’ve talked often about how the (Allegiant Stadium) project is going to be transformative for the city of Las Vegas, the Raiders, the region and also for our partners,” he said. “We’re excited to have San Manuel Casino as a founding partner.”

The specific terms of this new deal have not been revealed to the public. Many believe it will be a profitable one for both parties, though. The Raiders’ new partner is no stranger to major sports partnerships. In fact, San Manuel Casino currently boats partnership deals with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Las Vegas Golden Knights.

“Our history in Los Angeles was a very significant and successful one, and we maintain a very strong fanbase in the Southern California area. A significant portion of our (personal seat license) holders are coming from the region,” Badain also commented to the media. 

Week 7 Oakland Raiders Betting Odds

We’re now entering the 7th week of the 2019/2020 NFL season, and it’s been a competitive one thus far. The Raiders didn’t enter this season with the highest expectations, yet they’ve already recorded a few wins against solid teams. One of the best US online sports betting sites, Bovada, is now offering week 7 Oakland Raiders odds right now.

On Sunday, October 20th, the Raiders will take on the Green Bay Packers on enemy territory. The odds are set and Oakland is entering this game as the considerable betting underdogs.

Despite entering Sunday’s match on a two-game win streak, Oakland is being given odds of just +210 to beat the Packers. They’ve looked solid in recent games against Indianapolis and Chicago but have shown weakness in their defense.

Green Bay is looking great this season with a current 5-1 record. Their only loss came against the Eagles in a close game. Most NFL betting experts believe they’ll get the job done this Sunday, and Bovada seems to agree, giving the Packers odds of -250 to beat Oakland.

The Raiders’ new partner has been revealed. We’re getting closer and closer to seeing this team in Las Vegas. Stay tuned for more sports gambling news over the next few months!