Entrancing Allegiant Stadium major upgrades


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Just as the project budget for the initial work to complete the Allegiant Stadium in Paradise, Nevada (US) is closed out, several million dollars worth of improvements are planned for the $2 billion facility.

‘Las Vegas Review-Journal’ stated that there is $7.5 million worth of work set to be conducted at the stadium, with 15 items noted on a list provided to the Las Vegas Stadium Authority by the National Football League (NFL) team Las Vegas Raiders.

The 65,000-capacity Allegiant Stadium is a domed stadium located in Paradise, Nevada, US. It is the home stadium for the Las Vegas Raiders of the National Football League (NFL), the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Rebels college football team, the Las Vegas Bowl, and the Vegas Kickoff Classic.

The Las Vegas Raiders are a professional American football team based in the Las Vegas metropolitan area (US). The Raiders compete in the National Football League as a member club of the league’s American Football Conference West division. The Allegiant Stadium serves as their home arena.

The Las Vegas Stadium Authority is responsible for the ownership and oversight of the NFL stadium project (Allegiant Stadium) created by Senate Bill 1 during the 30th Special Session of the Nevada State Legislature.

Shared Brian Gordon, Principal at Applied Analysis, who serves as staff for the stadium authority, “Some of the items put forward are for safety and security and some are for comfort and the overall experience for the guests. Those are the primary things they (Raiders) have in mind when bringing forward these capital improvements.”

‘Las Vegas Review-Journal’ further stated that the biggest ticket item is the expansion of the gate canopies that surround the exterior of the stadium, listed at $3.5 million.

There also is $1.3 million worth of work to add an exterior misting system around the stadium. Both the misters and canopy extensions would be aimed at helping eventgoers stay cool during the sweltering Summer heat in Las Vegas.

There is over $330,000 worth of work tied to the Raiders’ natural grass field that sits outside on a massive tray on nongame days. The two items are listed as field protection and field scrim, or a lightweight cover that is placed over the field to help protect it from sun damage.

Capital repair work is also planned for the bollards that protect pedestrians around the stadium, slated to cost $350,265 to complete.

Added Gordon, “It is designed for additional safety and security around the stadium, particularly when we have additional major events coming to the market, including things like the Super Bowl. All of these (are) in mind with ensuring a safe environment and an efficient way to move folks around the stadium.”

The Raiders are tasked with filling a fund that was set up as part of the stadium financing plan to pay for capital improvements. There is also a separate account that the stadium authority funds with any money left over after all debt service and “waterfall accounts” are paid. The Raiders would be required to make the investments on any cost overruns outside of those two funds, Gordon informed.

The Raiders are expected to bring forward a list of capital improvement each year to satisfy the lease agreement the team signed in 2018 vowing to keep Allegiant Stadium a state-of-the-art, premier NFL facility.

Concluded Gordon, “Whether they intend to make repairs or maintenance types of investments into the facility, as well as making additional improvements to the Allegiant Stadium, they will bring that forward on an annual basis.”

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