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Raiders stadium to be built by June 2020

Illustrations of a 65,000-seat stadium that could lure the Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas. (Pictures courtesy of MANICA Architecture)

The first draft of a construction plan is out and it is aggressive. The Las Vegas Stadium Authority unveiled its preliminary project timeline for the stadium. The ultimate goal is to have the stadium ready for the team to move in three months before the 2020 NFL season begins.

It means getting documents and approvals for the project completed by October 2017, transferring stadium land to the Authority by November 2017, and getting the site work to commence by December.

Construction on the project would officially begin in January 2018 and last just 30 months.

Tommy White of Laborers International Union of North America, Local #872 tells us he believes they can get the stadium done faster and under budget.

“We build hotels in Las Vegas in 24 months. World class resorts. There’s no reason we can’t build a stadium in less than 30 months.” White told us. He also tells us the construction jobs will be union labor “Or it won’t get built.” He said with a laugh.

The size of the project has drawn comparisons to the CityCenter project. White tells us he has seen former members of #872 move back to Clark County after leaving during the recession.

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