The Oakland Raiders haven’t started building their stadium in Las Vegas, but there’s already some activity at the project site.
A homeless encampment has taken shape on the football team’s land. The cluster of property and trash is below a billboard off Dean Martin Drive that, as of last week, advertised a garage-door company on one side and singer Mariah Carey’s performances at Caesars Palace on the other.
At the encampment, a mattress was lying on one or two wooden pallets and covered with belongings. A shopping cart, buckets, empty cups and water bottles, a toolbox and other items also were strewn about.
A hand-written sign there was partially covered from view but mentioned food, water and supplies.
“Anything you can spare is a blessing,” the sign said.
Nobody was seen there Monday morning, but two people were there at least at one point last week.
A Raiders spokesperson could not be reached for comment Monday.
The team, which received approval from NFL owners in March to move to Las Vegas, plans to build a 65,000-seat domed stadium at Russell Road and Dean Martin, just west of Interstate 15.
Construction is expected to start in January and finish by June 2020. The Nevada Legislature approved using $750 million in public money to help finance the $1.9 billion project.
The Raiders bought the 62.6-acre stadium site in May for $77.5 million, property records show.
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