With a little more than a year to go before the Las Vegas Raiders are scheduled to kick off their inaugural season, construction of the Las Vegas Stadium has provided the full-time equivalent of fewer than 1,000 on-site jobs, a fraction of the employment projections provided to lawmakers who voted to provide $750 million in public money for the project.
“Notably, StadCo reported that total construction workforce hours through June reached 2.0 million and all Community Benefits Plan targets are currently being met or exceeded,” says the June 2019 Stadium Authority Project Status Report, the latest report available.
2 million hours equates to 961.5 full-time equivalent jobs, based on a 2,080 hour year of employment.
Last year, Brian Haynes of Applied Analysis, the point person for the Las Vegas Stadium Authority, told the Current that of the 18,700 construction jobs to be generated directly or indirectly by the stadium, fewer than 11,000 would be for actual construction of the stadium and its practice field.
The June report also gives a peek into the Black and Silver elephant in the room — stadium parking, or lack thereof:
Discussions with the various parties suggest that ongoing activities relating to supporting infrastructure, including without limitation, the identification of off-site parking locations and the general plan for pedestrian movement are conditions precedent to establishing a meaningful estimate of the stadium’s off-site infrastructure requirements.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the stadium is celebrating its topping off on Monday. The paper also reports that Allegiant Airlines is close to inking a deal to win naming rights to the stadium.
The Oakland Raiders begin their final season August 10 against the Rams.