Springfield plant to provide steel for Vegas football stadium

Published: Feb. 5, 2018 at 9:51 PM CST
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Springfield’s Merrill Steel plant will provide about 10,000 tons of steel for the new Las Vegas football stadium, roughly 1/3 of the total amount.

Plant manager Greg Rajeck says it’s the biggest order this plant has ever gotten, and it will consume his entire production floor by November.

“It's outstanding,” he said. “It's great for the community, great for Merrill. It means an increase in jobs. We have a great team here, and we're always looking for more.”

Their due date for the steel is July 2019. The stadium is set to open a little more than a year after that.

“The schedule is fairly aggressive,” Rajeck said. “That is the largest challenge right now.”

The Springfield plant has plenty of experience with stadium jobs. In addition to JQH Arena in town, they supplied steel for Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta and Notre Dame University’s most recent football stadium expansion. They’re also providing steel for Allianz Field in St. Paul, MN, which will house MLS’ Minnesota United FC. That stadium is scheduled to open in 2019.

Las Vegas Stadium will be the new home to UNLV’s Rebels and the NFL’s Raiders. The $1.9 billion domed stadium will have a normal capacity of 65,000, which is expandable up to 72,000. The stadium will offer views of the Las Vegas Strip and features a retractable grass field.

This isn’t the only Missouri connection to the stadium. As crews were breaking ground, a worker buried a “Chiefs Kingdom” flag under the stadium site.