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Raiders don’t believe Las Vegas stadium roof delay will impact opening

Raiders don’t believe Las Vegas stadium roof delay will impact opening

The Raiders' under-construction stadium in Las Vegas has hit a snag, and there are differing viewpoints on whether the building will be ready for its scheduled opening.

The Las Vegas Review Journal reported Monday that the roof of Allegiant Stadium won't be installed until some time in May, well after it was scheduled to go into place.

The Raiders don't believe their issue with the roof will affect the July 31 opening of the stadium, but independent monitor Grand Canyon Development Partners released a report and they beg to differ.

“Because of the delay in the overall building enclosure, there is the possibility of weather damage as more finish work is put in place,” Grand Canyon wrote in their report, according to the Review-Journal. “Our assessment is that the TCO (temporary certificate of occupancy) date may be in jeopardy if weather (rain) causes damage to interior finishes.

"Of the many possible situations and potential delays that a project of this size and complexity can experience, the cable-net delay is one that attracts attention because of its distinctiveness.”

The Raiders are scheduled to move to Las Vegas this year and play the 2020 season in their new stadium.

After the regular-season finale, coach Jon Gruden outlined the timeline for the Raiders' move to Las Vegas.

"We're gonna have our offseason program here starting around April 15th, whenever the league allows us to start our offseason program here," Gruden told reporters in Alameda on Dec. 31. "Then we'll have training camp in Napa, and my understanding is after we break training camp, we will formally move to Las Vegas."

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The Raiders' lease agreement for the Oakland Coliseum that was approved by NFL owners in March contained an option year for the 2020 season in case there were any unforeseen delays in Las Vegas.

Gruden and Co. sure are hoping they don't have to exercise that option. They said their goodbyes to Oakland, and vice versa. It certainly would be awkward if the Raiders couldn't move into their new digs this year.

Raiders coaches play waiting game while NFL peers return to facilities

Raiders coaches play waiting game while NFL peers return to facilities

NFL coaches will be allowed to move back into their team facilities beginning Friday, but just when the Raiders’ staff checks into its Henderson headquarters remains to be seen.

Construction of the 335,000-square-foot facility is still being completed, though team officials hope to move into the building this month. Like coaches around the league, the Raiders’ staff has been working remotely because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Moving trucks arrived on Monday to the Intermountain Healthcare Performance Center, the new headquarters, from the previous facility in Alameda, Calif.

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Why versatile rookie Lynn Bowden could be Raiders’ secret weapon

Why versatile rookie Lynn Bowden could be Raiders’ secret weapon

Word of warning to anyone wondering how the Raiders are preparing to utilize rookie Lynn Bowden this season: Don’t bother asking him. He isn’t at liberty to say.

“I’m really not permitted to speak about that right now,” Bowden said while taking a break from the Raiders virtual OTA’s.

The mum’s the word response wasn’t relayed out of anger or deceit. The outgoing Bowden can’t wait to get on the field in his first NFL season and is beyond excited to help the Raiders anyway he can. He’s open and frank about all that and doesn’t mind expressing it one bit.

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