The architecture firm KCK is designing the new Allegiant Stadium for Las Vegas Raiders, which is known as the “Death Star”.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – There is only one team that could have a stadium known as the “Death Star”.
The Oakland-Los Angeles-Oakland and now Las Vegas Raiders will play their first game Monday night at the team’s new $ 2 billion sports palace.
And it’s an architectural firm in Kansas City, Kansas that designed the building.
“Kansas City is a sports center, a lot of people don’t know,” said Keith Robinson of Manica Architecture.
So it’s not uncommon for a local architecture firm to be behind the Allegiant Stadium – right here in the middle of the Chiefs Kingdom.
Manica Architecture specializes in sports entertainment buildings.
“Then when the LA market went to the Rams and the Chargers and Raiders had to figure out what to do, Vegas really shot up,” said Paul Griesemer, senior project manager and associate vice president of HNTB. “The state of Nevada has stepped up, and the Raiders made sure we were involved as Vegas moved forward.”
“Soon after, they asked us to put black and silver seats in the building,” said Robinson.
Manica Architecture was the Raiders’ first call to design what the team now calls home.
Here they compete against the New Orleans Saints on Monday evening.
“On the artistic side, we turned to the analogy of a black sports car. When you see it, it has these flowing lines,” said Robinson. “It’s a fully integrated building that doesn’t necessarily have a front and back, it feels cohesive from all angles, and it’s humbling to us because I think it’s more beautiful from angles than we never are would have thought. “
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Lights adorn Allegiant Stadium, the new home of the Las Vegas Raiders soccer team, which is nearing completion in Las Vegas on Wednesday, July 22, 2020. The stadium will also serve as the home stadium for the UNLV soccer team. (AP Photo / John Locher)
While Manica Architecture was responsible for the conception of the event design, they worked with Architect of Record HNTB to make the vision a reality.
The vision included making one field just like the other in the NFL.
“Mark Davis was absolutely convinced that the Raiders would play on natural grass,” said Griesemer. “We worked with them and worked with all of the engineers and we created the field of motion that moves in and out of the building in one piece, kind of a 2.0 version of what the Cardinals did in Phoenix.”
Part of the great legacy of the Las Vegas Raiders is Al Davis and his approach to winning football.
“They had a torch in the Oakland stadium that was lit every game in memory of Al Davis, and it became such an important part of their matchday experience that they had to move to Las Vegas,” said Griesemer.
According to Griesemer, this 85 foot high flashlight in the Allegiant Stadium is the largest 3D-printed element in the world today and was printed right here in the metro at Dimensional Innovations.
“I have a lot of friends here in Kansas City who clearly have an opinion about the Raiders,” said Robinson, hinting at the rivalry between the Raiders and the Chiefs.
He says even they look forward to seeing the stadium in person “because it’s one thing to see it in a picture and it’s mind-blowing in that sense, but once you feel it in person it’s hard to describe . “
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