The Oakland Raiders will break ground at 5 p.m. today on their new $1.9 billion stadium in Las Vegas, which could become the team’s new home as early as 2020.
Thursday, the Las Vegas Stadium Authority board unanimously approved an agreement that will allow the Raiders’ contractor to begin pre-construction work on the site, including permission to undertake a groundbreaking event, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
The Raiders are limited to pre-construction work until the team finalizes an agreement with the Las Vegas Stadium Authority and Clark County, which will include a guaranteed maximum price of the project, according to the Review-Journal.
The Raiders have been tight-lipped about the ceremony, which was scheduled during a week the team did not have a game. A Raiders spokesman did not respond to e-mails Friday regarding the groundbreaking. But the team posted a link allowing fans to live-stream the invitation-only ceremony on its website. And on Saturday, the local Laborers Union spread a massive tarp across the site, painted to look like a Raiders football field.
Some more photos of the site prep for tomorrow’s ground breaking courtesy of @872Laborers #RaiderNation pic.twitter.com/0QADyHaITq
— LV Raiders Report (@lvraidersreport) November 13, 2017
The Raiders have hired Minneapolis-based Mortenson Construction and Henderson’s McCarthy Building Cos. as general contractors, according to the Review-Journal. Work that will be allowed before the agreement is reached includes to clear and grade the land, set up construction office trailers, survey and stake the ground, import and export materials and relocate a drainage box culvert beneath the ground.
The proposed stadium site is located on the 62.5-acre Russell Road site, just off Interstate 15 near the Las Vegas McCarran Airport, and adjacent to the Las Vegas Strip.
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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports