Tribute to the Las Vegas Raiders Stadium: The Deathstar

Las Vegas Raiders Deathstar

Las Vegas Raiders Stadium: The Deathstar

2020 is a year for the record books. I'm not saying this as a good thing. This year has been filled with ups and downs, lefts and rights and much more. For the most of us, this year has sucked and we can't wait for it to be over.

With that being said, 2020 is a special year for Las Vegas. Yes, this is the year we welcome our new football team, the Las Vegas Raiders, to Las Vegas.

If you've driven down interstate 15, you've obviously seen Allegiant Stadium. It's a work of art. It's a fitting stadium for our new football team, but that's not what this post is about.

You're probably thinking to yourself, alright man. Get to the point....well let's continue.

The Deathstar

Allegiant Stadium is a boring name. We can all agree on that. This is why the Las Vegas Raiders owner, Mark Davis, compared Allegiant Stadium to the Death Star from Star Wars.

Addressing the team before Friday's practice (h/t USA Today's Doug Farrar), Davis compared Allegiant Stadium to the Death Star:

"Greetings. Welcome to the Death Star, where our opponent’s dreams come to die. My father always said that the greatness of the Raiders is in its future. Well, today, that future really starts. This magnificent stadium was built on the backs of thousands of players, coaches, administrators, and fans, who for the last 60 years have proudly worn the Silver and Black. This is our field of dreams. This is our house. The stadium’s personality will be defined by you, so take pride every time you step on this field wearing these famed black jerseys and silver helmets. You are the Raiders."

I'm not a fan of the name "Allegiant Stadium." The Deathstar is a much better name for the stadium in my opinion, so I'm going to roll with it.

Las Vegas Raiders: The Deathstar Fun Facts

Let's get into some fun facts about the Deathstar (Allegiant Stadium):

  • 895,00 cubic yards of dirt removed; 64,000 dump trucks to remove
  • 105,00 cubic yards of concrete; 257 miles of sidewalk from Las Vegas to LA
  • 28,000 tons of structural steel – heavier than the Statue of Liberty
  • 21,000 light fixtures
  • 7,400 glass and metal panels on the exterior


What are your thoughts? Do you think the Las Vegas Raiders stadium looks like a Deathstar? Or should we stick with it's proper name of Allegiant Stadium? I want to know. Interested in more Las Vegas sports content, check out our blog on Sports in Las Vegas. Interested in a tour of The Deathstar? You can sign up for one here.