By Richard N. Velotta | las Vegas Review Journal
It was eerily quiet at the Las Vegas stadium construction site Monday.
A few surveyors combed the area, taking readings.
But construction workers were able to take the Veterans Day holiday off on a day of the week usually filled with pounding, pouring and moving tons of steel into position for the next job sequence.
The sound of cranes and earthmovers was replaced Monday with bird songs emanating from hidden perches within the inner reaches of three levels of stadium features now in the earliest stages of completion.
The building, currently about 80 feet high, is only half as tall as it eventually will be. Cranes are positioned to begin assembling the first of the two biggest cranes in the world that will be needed to lift the stadium’s feature attraction — the translucent ceiling that will soar 150 feet above the stadium floor.