Last week the Raiders closed escrow on the site for their proposed 65K seat stadium in Las Vegas. They got the site they wanted most; a 62-acre lot North of Russell Road on the east side of I-15. With that hurdle cleared, they were able to put together a timeline for construction.
In that timeline, construction would begin in January and would be expected to take 30 months to complete, finishing up in June of 2020. That would then allow the Raiders 3 months to move into the stadium in time for the first preseason game in August.
The timeline will be discussed this week at the Stadium Authority meeting on May 11.
The January start time is a bit later than originally planned and the timeline is two months shorter than previous estimates as well.
Initially Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak pegged a December ground breaking, and even called that a small window.
“It’s a tight timeline — 32 months. Backing away from August 2020, that gets us until December of this year to break ground,” said Sisolak in early April. “By the end of the year we’ve got to have them out there getting to work on the property. They know that and they’re committed to that, and they got to take it step by step.”
If 32 months was tight, 30 months is very tight. In fact, as Rick Velota of the Las Vegas review Journal noted, it’s a smaller window than recent new stadiums had. The Vikings’ new US Bank Stadium took 32 months to complete and the Falcons’ new Mercedes -Benz Stadium has already taken 36 months.
The stadium being built in Inglewood for the Rams and Chargers also has a 32-month timeline, having begun construction last November with an expected opening for the 2019 season.
Yeah, maybe schedule the first couple 2020 preseason games on the road just to be safe.