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Las Vegas Raiders stadium expected to be completed by June 2020

Updated May 8, 2017 - 4:07 pm

Construction of a 65,000-seat domed football stadium is expected to begin in January and be completed by June 2020, giving the Raiders three months to move in before their first NFL regular-season game.

The Las Vegas Stadium Authority’s draft of a preliminary project timeline shows a 30-month construction period after stadium bonds are issued. Site work on 62 acres at Interstate 15 and Russell Road, purchased by the Raiders for $77.5 million on May 1, is targeted by December.

The stadium authority board is expected to discuss the timeline at Thursday’s meeting at 1 p.m. at the Clark County Government Center.

A 30-month construction time frame is ambitious compared with that of other recent stadium projects. Of the last four domed NFL stadiums built, none have been completed within 30 months. Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, the new home of the Falcons, is about to hit its 36th month of construction and is due to open in August. Minneapolis’ U.S. Bank Stadium, new home of the Vikings, took 32 months to complete.

Most of the focus on the draft timeline, posted Monday on the authority’s website, is on actions and approvals that must occur in the next nine months.

Among the key approvals in the early stages of the timeline is Clark County’s High-Impact Project review, which is slated for completion by August.

That review includes intense studies by several county departments regarding transportation, ingress and egress, parking, drainage, utilities, airport impact and the availability of emergency services. Clark County officials are expected to make a presentation at Thursday’s meeting.

Also scheduled for completion by August is a project review by the Nevada Department of Transportation. NDOT Director Rudy Malfabon on Monday told the NDOT Transportation board there are no immediate plans to accelerate existing freeway construction projects because they were already scheduled to coincide with the stadium’s opening date.

The stadium authority also scheduled a special meeting for May 22. Authority officials say that session will address the authority’s 2017-18 fiscal year budget and is routine for government entities.

Contact Richard N. Velotta at rvelotta@reviewjournal.com or 702-477-3893. Follow @RickVelotta on Twitter.

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