Raiders Stadium: Biggest door in city, and grass that moves

The Raiders Stadium will have doors that are 80 feet tall and 215 feet wide. They will take 10 minutes to open.

At the stadium, you can already see the outline of what, we’re guessing, will be the biggest, baddest door in the city.

It will take 10 minutes to open, providing an opening 80 feet tall and 215 feet wide.

It will look out on the mother of all backdrops: The Strip, providing the tens-of-thousands of fans at a Raiders or Rebels game an only-in-Las-Vegas view.

On Wednesday, the Stadium Authority was going to potentially sign off on all the legalese - county code stuff - that governs the operation.

“At the request of the county, they ask that we table it while they continue a few conversations,” the Authority’s Jeremy Aguero told the panel.

With doors like that, it seems details are important.

“And frankly, we're just dealing with things that are very large, that weigh an awful lot, and you can't just move ‘em every time you would like to,” says Stadium Authority Chairman Steve Hill.

Most of the time, the doors will be closed to save energy. However, documents say they could be open more than 800 hours a year for games and events.

Weather will be key to the door’s operation, which will be helped by something called a “Main Wind Force Resisting System.”

The doors will be closed when the wind reaches 25 miles an hour.

The stadium will also come equipped with a weather station, to watch weather up to 250 miles away. NFL procedure says the home team, the Raiders in this case, needs to make a decision 90 minutes before game time on whether they stay open or closed.

That stadium will have a natural grass field, and it's cool too. A rail system will move what's called the "field tray" in and out.

The grass will be outside, documents say, up to 90 percent of the year so it can grow.

The stadium will have 22 retractable columns that move out of the way to let the turf slide out.

In the meantime, the stadium is on track and on budget, which makes Clark County Chair and Governor-elect Steve Sisolak pretty happy.

For him, it means jobs.

“Drove through the parking lot and it was a lot of Nevada license plates, which is what the deal was. I'm thrilled to see so many people working,” said Sisolak, who came down to the Commission Chambers from his office at the Clark County Government Center.

The Authority did get updates on other aspects of the stadium’s construction. Room taxes, which fund the $750 million public portion of the $1.8 billion project, are running below last year’s figures, thanks to a dip in visitation.

According to the Authority, fiscal year-to-date room tax revenue is running 6.4 percent below last year’s revenue, although officials say since March 2017, when the boost in the tax began being collected, the Authority is $467,239 in the black.

Officials also say sufficient reserves are being collected to cushion against a downturn.

“I’m confident that it’s coming in more than adequate to service the debt and you’ve got a reserve – you’ve got two years of reserve built in there, so I’m confident it will be fine. Room rates come back,” says Governor-Elect Sisolak.

A report to the Authority also says hiring at the stadium is surpassing goals on workforce diversity, which was set at 38 percent minority and female. Through September, “workforce participation is 69 percent minority/female and 3 percent veteran,” says Lynn Littlejohn with builder Mortenson McCarthy.

Stadium officials told the Authority the project is on schedule for completion in 626 days from today.

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