Delay in new NFL stadium roof in Las Vegas causes concern

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FILE – In this June 4, 2019, file photo, construction cranes surround the football stadium under construction in Las Vegas. Officials say installation of a translucent roof is behind schedule on the $2 billion football stadium being built in Las Vegas for the relocated NFL Raiders. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that Raiders team and construction officials are expected to provide an update on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. to the Las Vegas Stadium Authority about the cover for 65,000-seat indoor Allegiant Stadium. Team officials say the stadium is still on track to open July 31, in time to host a first scheduled event Aug. 16. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Installation of a translucent roof for the $2 billion football stadium being built in Las Vegas for the NFL’s Raiders is months behind schedule, but officials say it should be ready by the start of next season.

An independent monitor working for the Las Vegas Stadium Authority, however, says the target date for occupancy could be in jeopardy.

Team and construction officials are expected to provide an update Thursday to the stadium oversight panel about the 65,000-seat Allegiant Stadium, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reportedTuesday.

The roof had been scheduled for completion last fall. Installation is now expected in May.

Officials say the stadium is still on track to open July 31, in time to host its first event Aug. 16.

Operations chief Don Webb declined Monday provide details ahead of the board meeting. He has said some work has been completed ahead of time.

Las Vegas-based Grand Canyon Development Partners said a delay in roof installation could result in weather damage to other work completed ahead of schedule.

Construction began in September 2017. The Raiders played their last game in Oakland last month.

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