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Construction Update

As work escalates on Reliant Stadium, so does our coverage. will now post construction photos every two weeks.

This week, the Texans will complete approximately 30 documents (equaling nearly 20,000 pages) for the stadium's finance agreement. The team will then close on the bonds to finance the completion of the $461.5 million structure. To date, approximately $120 million has been spent on construction.

The stadium is 37 percent complete as of mid-May. Workers have poured 85 percent of the concrete. The steel super truss on the west side of the stadium, which will help hold the retractable roof in place, is nearly complete. The northwest ramp is complete and workers are starting to install the glass on the stadium's west side.

The first seats for the stadium have already been ordered and will be installed by the end of August, with the club seats going in first. The first suite is also slated for completion in August.

There are currently 770 workers on the construction site.

Reliant Stadium is set to open in August of 2002 when the Texans host the Miami Dolphins in their first home preseason game. Houston will then host the Buccaneers the following week before embarking on its inaugural regular-season campaign.

Reliant Stadium will not only house the Texans, but will also serve as the host for the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, beginning in 2003. And the stadium is slated to host Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004.

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