The Las Vegas Raiders are putting the finishing touches on their new facility, Allegiant Stadium. Located in one of the nation’s most popular tourist destinations and looking like a spaceship out of a sci-fi movie, the stadium is certain to be the talk of the NFL this year.
Of course, before they open their doors to the public for the first time, there are plenty of tests they’ll need to conduct from a safety perspective. One of those tests may surprise you — it involved the “super flush.”
The Raiders move to Las Vegas
This isn’t the franchise’s first move. They began playing in Oakland before moving to Los Angeles in the early ’80s then moving back to Oakland in the mid-’90s. The move to Las Vegas in 2020 was several years in the making. It marks the first NFL franchise in the city’s history.
This move has been several years in the making. The Raiders were rumored to be one of three teams moving to LA in the mid-2010s. Ultimately, according to The Sporting News the NFL nixed that idea while allowing the Chargers and Rams to head to LA.
Vegas made a pitch for the team and the NFL and Raiders agreed to move the team there. In March 2017, the NFL owners voted and approved the move with only Stephen Ross of the Miami Dolphins voting no.
Details around the Raiders’ new stadium
A Business Insider profile of Allegiant Stadium reports it’s off the Las Vegas Strip. The stadium appears all black from the outside, giving it an almost obsidian appearance. It’s truly a visual spectacle to behold.
It’s expected to hold up to 65,000 people, which is good — it will no doubt be a hot ticket. Putting an NFL team in one of the United States’ biggest tourist traps is almost certain to lead to continual sold-out crowds.
One unique aspect of the stadium is its grass. While many stadiums and dome have a retractable roof, this one has a retractable field. Stadium operators can slide the field in and out.
The field is 1,500 tons and requires 76 motors to be moved. There will also be an 85 high foot flame inserted as a tribute to legendary NFL figure and the late former team owner, Al Davis.
Allegiant Stadium looks like it will be nothing short of amazing once it opens. But it’s not quite ready, and there are tests the stadium still needs to undergo before that day comes.
The epic super flush
When you open a new stadium, there are many processes and operations you need to test before you allow the fans to come through the turnstiles. One aspect that needs to be tested is the plumbing system. The crew at Allegiant Stadium recently did just that, and apparently it passed with flying colors.
According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, stadium officials performed a mass flushing of all the Raiders facility’s toilets. The idea? Test the system to simulate the effect of a soldout crowd.
Their reasoning was that if the plumbing could handle all toilets flushed at once, they’ll have no trouble with game-day operations. Thankfully, the stadium performed admirably. The stadium construction site manager, Julie Amacker, further explained the thinking behind the test in the article:
“We don’t ever want there to be 60,000 to 70,000 people in the building and the plumbing system fails us during one of those events…This is one of the last boxes to check that says we’re ready to accept guests.”
With the Raiders flushing on all cylinders, it appears as if they’ll be ready for the 2020 season and their brand-new stadium.