Viva Las Raiders
Vegas, baby, Vegas! The Raiders are leaving Oakland again, trading in the OAK for LV.
On March 27, NFL owners voted 31-1 at the Annual League Meeting to approve the Silver and Black’s relocation to Sin City. Nevada lawmakers have already approved a $750 million commitment in public funding for a proposed $1.7 billion domed stadium.
An increased hotel room tax is expected to fund the public commitment to said project.
The stadium, under working-name Las Vegas Stadium, will seat 65,000 fans under a retractable glass roof and doors, offering a picturesque view of The Strip. The stadium will also feature a field that slides outside of the stadium, similar to the Arizona Cardinals’ University of Phoenix Stadium, and a large torch in the north end-zone to honor the late Raiders’ owner, Al Davis.
The proposed stadium embodies the Commitment to Excellence that has driven the Raider franchise since its conception in 1960. It is scheduled to be completed in 2020.
This marks the development of a third brand-new stadium in the NFL, with Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Dome set to open this year and the LA Rams/Chargers stadium set to open 2019 in Inglewood.
As far as the city of Oakland, this will be the second major league sports franchise the city will be losing within the next three years. The NBA’s Golden State Warriors are expected to move out of Oracle Arena and across the bay to San Francisco.
While Oakland is losing one of the most beloved franchises in sports, a new chapter is being written in sports history with now two major league Las Vegas sports teams.