LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The Raiders have been in the valley for weeks, and after two and a half years, Allegiant Stadium is substantially complete.
It's a major milestone for the valley after crews worked tirelessly on the $1.8 billion venue that will be the home of the Las Vegas Raiders and UNLV Rebels football teams.
Clark County said Friday marked the substantial completion of the project, meaning the owners can now use the stadium for its intended purpose.
#ClarkCounty has issued a temporary Certificate of Occupancy for @AllegiantStadm. The new certificate allows for full occupancy of all areas of the #stadium. Tomorrow marks substantial completion of construction after 2 1/2 years of work.#Vegas - Photo courtesy @reviewjournal. pic.twitter.com/GBJxCQkBJE— Clark County Nevada (@ClarkCountyNV) July 30, 2020
However, Allegiant Stadium will continue to sit empty.
The team is still unsure if a football season will be possible, given the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Raiders home opener against the Saints will be their first game in Las Vegas, but it's unlikely that fans will be allowed to attend.
"I'm really worried about Las Vegas," coach Jon Gruden said. "We were eager to have the draft here. We're eager to make some friends here and have some real exciting times as we make our move here. We have the best facility and the best stadium I've ever seen in my life."
The Raiders are currently holding a training camp and their players are being tested frequently for COVID-19.
Yesterday, @ClarkCountyNV issued the TCO for Full Occupancy to @AllegiantStadm. Congrats to the men & women who built the home for our @Raiders, @unlvfootball and TY to the County building inspectors, public works employees and others for helping make it happen. #AllAroundA pic.twitter.com/sReFh4tsPh— Michael Naft (@MichaelNaft) July 31, 2020