LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — Recent rumors about major problems with the steel on the Las Vegas Stadium construction project drew an amused response Thursday from Tommy White, the business manager and Secretary-Treasurer of the Laborers Local 872.
“I don’t know where those rumors come from,” said White.
White said he’d recently heard another rumor that the concrete in the stadium was bad and had to be replaced. White assured News 3 that despite what anyone else says, the 90 million pounds of steel and concrete going into the massive 74,000 seat structure are just fine.
Thursday’s steady rain did result in a significant slowdown, but White said the work crews will have no trouble making up any lost time.
If anything, he said it probably gave most of the people on the stadium construction crew a chance to do something a little extra for their significant others for Valentine’s Day.
He also noted that Las Vegas is one of the best cities for construction because it only has a handful of days when it rains hard enough to cause a work stoppage.
White says progress on the future home of the Las Vegas Raiders is steady and on schedule. From the Russell Road side of the bowl, it’s now possible to see the decks where the seats will be installed, and drywall is already being installed on some of the interior walls.
“So you know when you’re putting up drywall,” White said, “you know your stadium is coming up out of the ground.”
The union official says he’s anxious for the Raiders’ new home to be finished, calling it a legacy project. “This is gonna be one of those jobs when you pass by with your family you’ll say ‘I did that,’” said White. “The union members who build these hotels, and now the stadium,” he said, “that’s our legacy. We built this city and we really look forward to this. It’s gonna be one of those things that’ll never go away.”
Completion of the stadium, barring too many more rainy days like Thursday, is expected is slated for July 30, 2020. Tommy White is sure of it.