By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
According to ESPN’s Jim Trotter, the Oakland Raiders are “done” in Oakland, Ca. He also indicates the National Football League is “clearing paths” for the Raiders to relocate to the Las Vegas, NV. area.
This move has been talked about for quite some time. The Raiders have failed to get a new stadium to replace the aging Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, who they share with the Oakland Athletics.
If they do move before the 2017 season, it would be the second straight year that an NFL team relocated. Last year, the St. Louis Rams moved to become the Los Angeles Rams and temporary call the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum their home until their new stadium is built.
The Raiders would likely do the same thing. They would likely move into Sam Boyd Stadium, the home of the UNLV Rebels.
There is a proposed domed stadium to be built in Paradise, Nevada for the Las Vegas Raiders that they would share with the Rebels even though the stadium would be named Las Vegas Raiders Stadium. The proposed stadium would break ground this year and would cost $2.4 billion and be constructed by MANICA Architecture and owned by the State of Nevada.
The stadium would be done in 2020 and hold 65,000 people. It would also have a 100 executive suites and be operated by the Las Vegas Raiders and Las Vegas Sands Corporation.
A year ago this month, Raiders owner Mark Davis along with Las Vegas Sands owner Sheldon Adelson talked about moving the team to Las Vegas. Davis and Adelson also visited the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) and those two met with UNLV president Len Jessup, former president Donald Snyder, Steve Wynn (CEO of Wynn Resorts Limited) and former Ultimate Fighting Championship owner Lorenzo Fertitta.
The stadium would replace Sam Boyd Stadium. Sam Boyd Stadium is considered “undersized” for the NFL and there is no other major stadium in the State to host the Raiders.
In March 2016, Davis said, “I think the Raiders like the Las Vegas plan. It’s a very, very, very intriguing and exciting plan.” In April 2016, Davis pledged $500 million towards the $2.4 billion domed stadium.
The Raiders also filed trademarks in Aug. 2016 for the Las Vegas Raiders, according to ESPN’s Darren Rovell. The Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee voted to approve the Las Vegas stadium plan.
In Oct. 2016, the Nevada Senate approved the funding of the bill for the stadium proposal. The Nevada Assembly approved it three days later, before Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval signed the bill into law.
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