Las Vegas Raiders? The franchise has taken the next major step in its effort to relocate from Oakland to Sin City.
This afternoon, Clark County (Nevada) commissioner Steve Sisolak announced that the Raiders had officially filed their relocation paperwork to make the move to Las Vegas.
— Steve Sisolak (@SteveSisolak) January 19, 2017
The NFL has confirmed the filing in a statement. The relocation now comes down to a vote, where 24 of the 32 franchises will need to support the move.
Our statement re Raiders. pic.twitter.com/Ru4BNulNUK
— Brian McCarthy (@NFLprguy) January 19, 2017
Back in October, Nevada lawmakers approved the new stadium deal that set the stage for this move. Construction on the proposed state of the art stadium is set to begin this year, and aims for a 2020 opening. The stadium is slated to cost $1.9 billion, with $750,000 coming from the public, and will seat around 65,000 fans. It will also serve as the home for UNLV football.
With this move looking more likely by the day, we are truly in an interesting age of franchise relocation in the NFL. The Rams are coming off of their first season back in Los Angeles after moving from St. Louis, and the San Diego Chargers announced earlier this month that they are moving to L.A. for the 2017 season.
Las Vegas is going to go from no major professional sports franchises to two, as the potential Las Vegas Raiders would join the NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights, who are set to begin play in the 2017-18 season.