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KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Two Kansas City architectural firms moved from Chiefs Kingdom to enemy territory to build an incredible sports facility for the Las Vegas Raiders.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Paul Griesemer, Deputy Vice President of the HNTB architectural firm.

For Manica Architecture and HNTB, the end of a long road is from Kansas City to Las Vegas. These two local companies brought the NFL to the entertainment capital of the world.

The Raiders played their first game at Allegiant Stadium on Monday.

For David Manica, it’s a chance to finally show four years of hard work.

“It was really an exciting architectural project because we had to redefine what the Raiders meant in Las Vegas,” said Manica, president and owner of Manica Architecture.

They combined historical and futuristic details to create a black, elegant and modern stadium.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 19: An exterior view shows Allegiant Stadium, the $ 2 billion, 65,000-seat home of the Las Vegas Raiders, on September 19, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller / Getty Images)

“It looks mean and aggressive, hopefully a little bit cognizant for the visitors who play there. But it’s also a very comfortable building, very close to the action, a lot of comfortable and new amenities, ”said Manica.

Some distinctive elements are the retractable field that supports natural grass on a 19 million pound movable tray.

“So roll out the field under the stadium and dock outside in the parking lot,” said Manica.

There is a retractable wall to the side of the stadium that offers a perfect view of the Las Vegas Strip.

If you look up there is also the Al Davis Memorial Torch. It is currently the largest 3D printed object in the world.

General view of the field prior to the game between the Las Vegas Raiders and the New Orleans Saints at Allegiant Stadium on September 21, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen / Getty Images)

“We’re making these buildings part of the community,” said Griesemer. “They reflect the teams in their communities, so everyone has to be special. Everyone has to be specific. “

And what’s Vegas without a nightclub? You put one at the end zone facing the field. It’s also open on non-game days.

“You can actually have your feet in the field and still be in the nightclub experience,” said Manica.

“It’s so exciting,” said Griesemer. “I wish I could be there!”

Unfortunately, fans are not allowed this season because of the pandemic.

“Mark Davis firmly believed that he didn’t want to open his great vision of his facility in a new community and that he had to tell most people that they couldn’t experience it,” said Griesemer.

As these KC architects watch the reveal from their couches in the Chiefs Kingdom, Manica said there is only one more good thing left to look forward to next year.

“In a way, we have two opening nights,” said Manica. “One on TV this year and one in person next year.”

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