The Las Vegas Raiders Stadium is now completed nearly 1,000 days after the groundbreaking and in time for the 2020 NFL season.
The 65,000-seat Allegiant Stadium, home to the Raiders and the University of Nevada, soccer in Las Vegas, opened for occupancy in late July. Designed by Kansas City, Missouri’s MANICA Architecture, the animating element of the structure is an 85-foot-tall, fluted, flaming cauldron (ja) built in honor of Al Davis, longtime chief owner and manager of the Raiders, who passed away in 2011. MANICA claims that it is the largest 3D printed object in the world.
The seating areas are shaped like a horseshoe, which can be expanded by 7,000 seats if the Raiders host a large event like the Super Bowl.
MANICA completely redesigned a stadium in Los Angeles for the team that up until this year played in Oakland, California. The LA Stadium was meant to be open-air, but the Las Vegas Stadium is covered to protect spectators from the scorching Nevada desert sun.
HNTB’s Las Vegas office served as the architect of the record.
The structure is surrounded by a sea of 25,000 parking spaces, so fans can spread out with its 30 shelves, grilled meat and the pirate costumes adjoining Ed Hardy. (It remains to be seen what traditions fans will carry over to Las Vegas.)
The Raiders posted a video walkthrough with Keith Robinson and David Manica, director and founding director, respectively, of MANICA Architects. Inside, Manica explained how the client asked his company to add more suites to the middle level. Regarding the design of the white boxes, he told the cameraman that “great design doesn’t have to be expensive; it just has to be creative.”
Make no mistake about it – Allegiant Stadium didn’t come cheap.
Funding for the $ 1.9 billion project, the most expensive stadium in league history, was obtained through loans, seat license sales and a nearly one percent tax on hotel stays in Clark County, including the city of Las Vegas .
To make the injury worse, the stadium is unlikely to be able to welcome fans this year. The Las Vegas Review journal noted that the raiders will be bleeding money due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although seats are sold out for the 2020-21 season, the Raiders will play along with the other 31 NFL teams in empty stands.