LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — UPDATE APRIL 13: 13 Action News reached out to multiple people close to the project on Monday, but there was no word of a possible construction delay at Allegiant Stadium.
A sports business writer says the ultimate decision on what happens with Allegiant Stadium construction will fall on Gov. Sisolak, who has been an advocate for the stadium.
“This will put Sisolak in a very tedious position of how many workers will be testing positive to force his hand to shut down construction there,” says Alan Snel, LVSportsBiz.com.
“I would not be surprised if the first games are played before no fans,” says Snel.
Snel is monitoring what will happen as the coronavirus pandemic puts a possible cloud over the looming 2020 NFL season.
The first positive COVID-19 case at the stadium was confirmed by Mortenson-McCarthy on March 25.
At that time, 13 Action News was told there was no delay in construction by Donn Webb, Chief Operating Officer of Allegiant Stadium.
Mortenson-McCarthy revealed there would be less workers on site, and workflows would be adjusted as needed.
“They are working on contingency plans in the event that fans don’t feel comfortable about returning to sports venues," says Snel.
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Snel believes the reality of the team playing at Sam Boyd Stadium is possible, but it wouldn't be ideal.
“The support infrastructure of the stadium simply does not have the kind of amenities you see at an NFL stadium,” says Snel.
ORIGINAL STORY: The Raiders are eyeing the possibility of COVID-19 impacting the completion date of Allegiant Stadium.
A report from Forbes says the team is considering playing some games at Sam Boyd Stadium as a backup plan with other options, including El Paso or San Antonio, Texas.
The report says an NFL Insider says the team could play their first few games of the regular season on the road.
However, project leaders have previously stated the stadium will be completed by July 31.
13 Action News has reached out to the Raiders, but no comment was immediately available.