Since the start of its construction in November of 2017, the Allegiant Stadium, located adjacent to the world-renowned Las Vegas strip has been a highly-anticipated jewel waiting to be unveiled and a fascination of locals and tourists alike.
In the tumultuous sea of cancellations and disruptions brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic today, one beacon stands upright in its ebony glory – the home stadium for the National Football League’s Las Vegas Raiders and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Rebels college football team – the Allegiant Stadium.
Many onlookers lovingly dubbed the Las Vegas stadium the “Death Star”
Standing on the shoulders of giants
Located in 3333 Al Davis Way, Las Vegas, the gigantic domed structure owned by the Las Vegas Stadium Authority was also built with the support of Allegiant, Cox, Reyes Coca Cola Bottling, Caesar’s Entertainment, MGM Resorts, Credit One, Twitch, Modelo, America First Credit Union, Intermountain Healthcare, San Manuel Casino, Ford, Coors Light.
This monolithic structure which cost about 1.84 billion US dollars to construct boasts of a 65,000 head capacity for football that is expandable to accommodate 72,000, and 61,000 for soccer.
Initially slated to open in time for the 2020 NFL Season, the circumstances may dictate that events be held back for the time-being. nonetheless, various musical performances are reported to already be fully sold-out, solidifying its claim as a global events destination. It is an unparalleled technologically advanced stadium with advanced climate control features set to accommodate the number of individuals it is built for.
Many onlookers lovingly dubbed the Las Vegas stadium the “Death Star” prior to it officially settling on the name, Allegiant, after one of the donors, Allegiant Air, a company that is also based out of Las Vegas. The Raiders announced this back in August 5, 2019 that they have reached an agreement with the Summerlin-based owner of Allegiant Travel Co. for the naming rights for the first 30 years, commencing in the year 2020.
Now that construction is finished, one can truly point out its similarities to George Lucas’ concept of the Death Star, a moon-sized space station with the ability to destroy an entire planet, a weapon used by the Galactic Empire. But today, this stadium breathes hope and excitement to all.
Further, it also houses 127 suites and 8,000 club seats with 19 million pounds of retractable rolling natural turf and 28,000 square feet of operable walls, which speaks of really exciting times ahead, especially for sports lovers!