Officials break ground for Las Vegas Raiders stadium

LAS VEGAS - After years of anticipation crews broke ground on the $1.9-billion Las Vegas Raiders stadium. A private ceremony will be held at the stadium site at Russell & I-15 at 5 p.m. 

Comedian George Lopez acted as the master of ceremony for the groundbreaking event that also had live music from singer Judith Hill. At the beginning of the ceremony there was a tribute in honor of the first responders and the victims of the 1 Oct. shooting.

Watch the ceremony below.

The Raiders have hired Minneapolis-based Mortenson Construction and Henderson's McCarthy Building Cos. as general contractors. The first work will be to prepare the land for construction and install utilities at the 62.5-acre site. 

But, the structure of the stadium will not begin to take shape until 2018. It turns out, work will be limited until the team finalizes an agreement with the Las Vegas Stadium Authority Board and Clark County.

There were hundreds of people in attendance at the groundbreaking of the Raiders stadium, which had the Las Vegas Strip as a beautiful backdrop.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, along with Raiders owner Mark Davis, former Raiders players and some NFL team owners attend the groundbreaking ceremony.

Dignitaries such as Gov Brian Sandoval, R-Nev., Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman and Clark County Councilman Steve Sisolak were also on hand.

The stadium is expected to be finished by July 31, 2020.  The Raiders will play there first game at the stadium the following month.


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