April 16, 2020

Operations Continue on Key Stadiums Throughout the U.S.

SBJ Atlas

Five states had ongoing construction projects for major sports teams when the COVID-19 pandemic precipitated “stay-at-home” mandates. Some locations are dealing with the lockdown differently than others. California and Nevada have treated the construction of SoFi Stadium and Allegiant Stadium, respectively, as essential business operations. Despite workers at each site succumbing to positive diagnoses of COVID-19, construction continues at both locations. Ohio, an early adopter of shelter-in-place directives, is allowing the development of West End Stadium and New Columbus Crew Stadium to advance with no site employees contracting the novel coronavirus. Belmont Park Arena – in proximity to New York City, a current hotbed for the virus – was deemed a non-essential operation at the end of March by state Governor Andrew Cuomo. Seattle – where the first cases of the virus in the U.S. surfaced – is still renovating their NHL arena project. City officials in Austin, Texas halted construction on Austin FC Stadium, while Arlington is allowing Globe Life Field work to continue in spite of a confirmed case of COVID-19 onsite.