Your Perfunctory Raiders Stadium Construction Update

Apparently, Las Vegas is getting another professional sports team, the Raiders.

As NFL teams need a place to engage in their copious concussions, Las Vegas agreed to help build the Raiders a sportsball theater experience.

We are not a sports person, so we don’t tend to blog about sports too much, but Raiders stadium is hard to ignore, so here’s an update!


All due respect, Oakland, you can’t touch this.

As Las Vegas can get warmish (think a “kiln” you can’t turn off except for two weeks in early January), the Las Vegas Raiders stadium will have a translucent roof. Retractable roofs are so 2012.

The roof will be made from ethylene tetrafluoroethylene, a fluorine-based polymer. And, yes, we knew that off the top of our head.

Raiders stadium will have 52 truss columns, each weighing about 65 tons, or about what your brother-in-law weighs after a visit to a Las Vegas buffet. Give or take a ton.

Raiders Stadium truss

These things weigh a lot, truss us on this one.

That roof will be 200 feet up and supported by trusses, which are being installed right now.

Raiders stadium update

T-Mobile’s slipping lifts into its shoes right about now.

It’s expected the stadium will be completed in August 2020.

Here’s a video that shows what’s gone into building this massive structure. Bonus: It’s narrated by Mike Rowe, the guy from “Deadliest Catch.”

The stadium will have 65,000 seats.

It’s been reported the Las Vegas Raiders stadium project will cost $1.8 billion. Although, that’s pocket change in NFL dollars.

Raiders Stadium

Still the worst education system in the country, but damn we’re good at making buildings for sports.

While we may not be the biggest football fan, there’s no denying the Raiders stadium is a big deal for Las Vegas, so we’ll keep an eye on this project, even perfunctorally, which we’re pretty sure wasn’t a word until this sentence.

19 thoughts on “Your Perfunctory Raiders Stadium Construction Update

  1. Oakland Steve

    I know this is a big deal for Vegas, but for me, a Vegas tourist, this is not the least bit fascinating. I’ve been to NFL games, including one last season. Too many fans are complete rubes who act live Pavlovian dogs.

    Want to talk about the dumbing down of America. Go to an NFL game.

  2. Boulder Steve

    Interesting details about this project. Watched the U Tube video. lots of things could go wrong with a construction job of this size. Hope they don”t take shortcuts just make the deadline August 2020

  3. Rick Pauloski

    By your wording and paraphrasing already well known facts, you did not have to explain that you are not a sports fan.
    It was painfully obvious.
    You neglected to mention the success of the Las Vegas Knights NHL team and the expansion of other professional sports teams entering the Las Vegas market.
    This NFL endeavor is one more action to make Las Vegas less of just a tourist city and more of a big city market

    1. Andre

      if you didn’t make it to Oakland for games then Vegas will be even tougher, you are most definitely going to pay more for the tickets then what the whole Oakland trip would have cost you. Maybe in 2 years when the excitement is over and its a surplus of tickets you will enjoy it

      1. Ricky avila

        This raiders thing in Vegas won’t last long. Once honeymoon is over taxt payers will found out quick how stupid was to bring a broken desperate team to a city where there’s no market at all. Good luck on a team where most of the fans are nothing but lowlife free loaders no class tugs using a team as a example to commit crime and costing a city 355000 taxt payers money for every game for extra patrol around the stadium during a weekend game. There is a reason why the raiders are bouncing from City to city every 10-15 years. Vegas will be coming broke just like Oakland is now

          1. Todd

            Yeah right!!! The NFL in Las Vegas I for one found a new reason to come to Las Vegas. Not everyone shares your opinion on professional sports. Do you really believe that the stadium will only be used for football games? Just like hockey I think there is plenty of room for a NFL team. I’m pretty excited for Las Vegas to get the Super Bowl too.

        1. Coop

          I disagree strongly. Did you think the Golden Knights would fail? That is an expansion team in the desert.
          Vegas is a destination football town. Not only to gamble but the NFL wants teams close to the southern border. While not having to do business in Mexico. With the population in Las Vegas and southern California catapulting that effort. The visiting fans alone will pay for your added security. The tax revenue will prove this to be a monster success.

  4. J d Piper

    Its not my stadium.I just pay for it.Las vegas is turning into pseudo L.A. Am not native have lived here 50 + yrs.Is wonder full county commissioners.Leave office millionares! Wil we find who owned land stadium is being built??

    1. alex

      Indeed! We all have occasional typos, but some of these comments are so poorly written it’s hard to understand them.

  5. Paul

    Taxpayers are being bamboozled. Follow the campaign contributions to the commissioners and consulting gigs to their families.

  6. Dro

    All due respect Las Vegas, you shouldn’t have touched this…wait til you see fans from Oakland&LA in the same place.

  7. William Wingo

    It’s sort of amazing how often professional sports teams have just up and moved out for a better deal, sometimes leaving generations of loyal fans behind.
    I was in Cleveland in 1995 when the Browns were preparing to move to Baltimore to become the Baltimore Ravens. The Baltimore Colts had moved to Indianapolis years before. Baltimore had first tried to get the Los Angeles Rams (originally the Cleveland Rams) but they went to St. Louis instead, and then back to Los Angeles 21 years later. Anyway the Browns left, and Cleveland then got an expansion team which became the “new” Browns in 1999. Part of the deal was that the team records, colors, identity–and, of course, all of their Super Bowl trophies–remained in Cleveland. I wouldn’t make stuff like this up.
    The Brooklyn Dodgers moved to Los Angeles. The New York Giants moved to San Francisco. The Chicago Cardinals moved to St. Louis and then to Phoenix. The Oakland Raiders moved to Los Angeles, and then back. The Dallas Cowboys moved across town to Arlington. The Houston Oilers moved to Nashville, becoming the Tennessee Titans. The list goes on and on, and it’s the same with basketball, hockey, soccer, and other sports; and not just in the U.S. but all over the world. It’s far more common than I ever imagined before I started this post. That says a lot about city, owner, player, and fan loyalty; and even about the fundamental role of professional sports in our culture.
    But I think in the end it’s mostly about money; and then mostly tax money. Many if not most of these moves involved new stadiums; which are important largely for the jobs and economic stimulus they provide while being built. Nobody gives much thought to long-term viability. In the Cleveland/Baltimore story alone, three new stadiums were built and one was demolished (which also cost a bundle) so that millionaires could play football and baseball, and billionaire owners could watch them from their skyboxes. And the taxpayers paid for it all. Well, not quite all: banks, insurance companies, public utilities, and hospitals–and ultimately their customers–paid for the various naming rights.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *