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Raiders to break ground on Las Vegas Stadium today

The Raiders will break ground on their Las Vegas Stadium today in a private ceremony scheduled for 5:00 pm.

There has been a replica tarp of the Raiders field laid out at the stadium site.

There is not a replica of UNLV’s football field design. The Rebels will share the stadium with the Raiders.

The Raiders have set up a live camera that is focused on the stadium site. You can view it by clicking here.

The stadium is expected to be completed in time for the 2020 NFL season, but the timeline does not leave much room for error. The projected opening date is July 31, 2020, which leaves roughly a month before the first UNLV game scheduled for the stadium and just a couple of weeks prior to the start of the NFL’s preseason schedule.

The cost of the stadium is expected to be around $1.9 billion, though that number has not been finalized. The lack of clarity on the cost has slowed down the proceedings between the Las Vegas Stadium Authority and the Raiders. The two sides were expected to sign a development agreement last month, but with no final cost, the development agreement can’t be signed.

The Raiders are targeting February for when they will have the cost finalized.

Without a development agreement in place, the Raiders can’t access the $750 million in public money that Clark County has pledged to the project. So the Raiders are responsible for all construction costs between now and February.

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