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Allegiant Stadium June 2020 Image: NBC/LV Review-Journal

Before Allegiant Stadium in US can open its doors this year, it will have to pass a bunch of important tests. The stadium passed one of those key tests – ‘Super Flush’ test – recently. It is one of those tests wherein workers at the stadium go into all the 297 restrooms at the venue so that they can flush all 1,430 toilets and urinals at the same time. And, while that’s happening, the workers also ensure that every sink in each restroom is running. The test is done to make sure the stadium’s plumbing system can handle a game day crowd of 70,000 fans.

Allegiant Stadium is a domed stadium under construction, located in Paradise, Nevada, United States. It will serve as the home stadium for the National Football League (NFL)’s Las Vegas Raiders and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) Rebels college football team.

According to Julie Amacker, Director for CAA Icon, which serves as one of the project managers at the stadium, this is one of the final tests that Allegiant Stadium has to pass before it can officially open, which is currently scheduled to happen on July 31.

Stated Amacker, “We don’t ever want there to be 60,000 to 70,000 people in the building and the plumbing system fails us during one of those events. This is one of the last boxes to check that says we’re ready to accept guests.”

The walkie-talkie comes in use when one goes about coordinating the flushing of 1,430 toilets.

A division of leading entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA), CAA ICON is the world’s-leading owners’ representative and strategic management consulting firm for public and private sports and entertainment facility owners/operators, professional franchises, and leagues.

The Raiders were probably thrilled to bits to see their new stadium pass the key ‘Super Flush’ test, and that’s because their old stadium in Oakland was probably the one venue in the National Football League (NFL) that would have a tough time passing such a test right now.

The stadium has also been testing its outdoor lighting system, which seems to be working pretty well.

Overall, the Allegiant Stadium makes for a vision right now.
 

Grass laid

The first grass was laid on field tray at Raiders’ Allegiant Stadium in US recently. The construction crews started installing sod for the stadium’s grass field.

On days when matches are not played, the field tray will be stored outside the stadium as the UNLV team will play football on artificial turf. The area where the tray is stored will be utilized for pregame festivities ahead of Raiders games.

The four-feet-deep tray will enable to move the 9,500-ton natural grass field in and out of the plush venue. The tray will roll in on 13 rails through a 14-feet-by-240-feet opening on the south end of the arena. The field tray will take about 90 minutes to fully move in or out of the facility via 76 electric motors moving it along a rail line. The process for bringing the turf in or out is an intricate one.

Construction of the $1.8 billion stadium began on November 13, 2017, and is expected to be completed in July 2020 in time for the 2020 NFL season.

Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas will be the home facility of the Raiders once it’s complete. The construction is in its final stages now and will turn out to be a plush and palatial arena.

The centerpiece of the domed stadium is its natural grass field, which will sit on a tray outside the stadium on a day-to-day basis, and moved into place for game days which will be pretty fascinating and make for a vision.

The tray on which the grass sits rolls under the stadium and up into place for Raiders and UNLV football games. It can’t stay inside the stadium because the dome is designed to block out much of the sun’s rays which the grass needs to grow.

The best proposition would have been for Raiders to play on natural grass, but a major part of the year game days in Las Vegas would be uncomfortably hot and hence this arrangement would not be to the advantage of the Raiders. The present setup offers the best of both worlds.

Before this whole exercise of laying the grass of field tray was started, stadium officials did a mockup on site testing out the vital process on a field tray.

Don Webb, Chief Operating Officer of Las Vegas Stadium Company stated that the mock tray was used to test out four different types of natural grass turf to see which one performs best in the Las Vegas climate.

The field maintenance crew monitored the whole process. The process also tested out the irrigation system, the drainage collection system and the soil growth medium system, all of which was used on the field tray.

The Raiders will use natural turf, which will be on the field tray, while UNLV will use artificial turf, which will be located on the stadium floor.

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