For most, it was just another work day, but for Raiders owner Mark Davis, it was an opportunity to say "thank you," to the 700-plus construction workers on the Las Vegas Raiders stadium site.
"Just to see the smiles on these people’s face, when we talk to them, it's just so important," Davis said.
Mark Davis was showing his appreciation with a little BBQ lunch for the men and women who will be building what he calls "the new crown jewel of Las Vegas."
"These guys here are building the most magnificent stadium in the entertainment capital of the world, it's pretty exciting," Davis said. "I have to pinch myself that this is real. It's going so fast, I'm excited, really proud of these people."
The Silver and Black's boss said he can't wait to kick off in Las Vegas, especially after being a witness to the historic season that was the Vegas Golden Knights.
"They've raised the bar pretty high." “I went and saw Gwen Stefani last night, I got to sit with Fleury and Engelland; that was the highlight of my night. I love Gwen and all that, but to sit with those guys and get to tell them how much I appreciated what they've done and just learn a little bit about it." "It was special to get to meet them and the funny thing was I was wearing a Knights t-shirt to the concert, that was really cool."
Like the Golden Knights, Davis said he wants his fan base to be local and so far, so good. Seventy perent of the club level tickets and suites that have been sold were from Las Vegas. "To get the 70 percent I think is really important. Just as the Knights did, we want to build that local fan base, because there is nothing more important than that and I think that's here."
With two years left on the project, Davis said there is a lot of work to do, a lot of milestones still to celebrate, but there is only one he's looking forward to.
"That's the ribbon cutting,” he said. "That's it, otherwise it's like going through a football game or anything else, you have to keep moving forward, working hard, can't take anything for granted."
On any given day, 700 or more have been working on the Las Vegas Raiders stadium site and by the end of the year that number could double, as the aggressive timeline continues for the opening in 2020.
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