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October 21, 2020

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Allegiant Stadium nearly built, but will fans get to come watch Raiders play?

Allegiant Stadium Letters Go Up

AP

Construction crews continue work on Allegiant Stadium Tuesday, March 10, 2020.

The construction of Allegiant Stadium is mostly finished.

Builder Mortenson-McCarthy announced today that it received a certificate of occupancy for the nearly $2 billion stadium where the Las Vegas Raiders and UNLV will play home games.

“Football fans and the community of Las Vegas will really enjoy the design and unique elements of this stadium,” Eric Grenz, vice president of operations for Mortenson-McCarthy, said in a statement. “Allegiant Stadium is second-to-none and sets a new benchmark for sports and entertainment facilities. We look forward to seeing the stadium come to life when it opens.”

The first major event planned at the stadium — a Garth Brooks country music concert on Aug. 22 — was postponed until next year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The first Raiders home game is set for Sept. 21 against the New Orleans Saints, though it’s unclear if fans will be allowed to attend. Some teams have already announced they will play without fans because of the pandemic.

In the coming months, the 65,000-seat, closed-roof stadium is also slated to host the Pac-12 football championship game, the Las Vegas Bowl and the NFL Pro Bowl.

The stadium, which has been under construction for more than two years, is just west of the Las Vegas Strip, near Interstate 15 and Russell Road. More than 12,000 people worked on the design and construction, the builder said.

“To see first-hand the impact this project has had on every worker, business, intern and visitor has been extremely humbling,” said Paul Dudzinski, a Mortenson-McCarthy project executive. “This team has accomplished something incredible together, and we are proud to be able to share this amazing destination with our neighbors and community.”

Allegiant Stadium is partially funded by the state, which contributed $750 million through an increase in the hotel room tax.