The Las Vegas Raiders may be a reality soon, after a $750 million deal for a new publicly-financed stadium was approved by Nevada lawmakers.
After 17 hours of debate, the Nevada state legislature voted to pass the stadium deal, 16-5. Governor Brian Sandoval is expected to sign the bill. In September, he released a statement, saying that Nevada “can and must usher in a new era for tourism in the Las Vegas market, while keeping our citizens and visitors safe, and ensuring our position as the global leader in entertainment and hospitality.”
In response to the bill’s approval by Nevada state legislature, Raiders owner Mark Davis released a brief statement.
“I would like to thank Governor Sandoval, the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee, and the members of the Nevada Legislature on this historic day, ” said Raiders owner Mark Davis. “All parties have worked extremely hard to develop and approve this tremendous stadium project that will serve as a proud new home for the entire Raider Nation.”
That certainly sounds like this move is a done deal, barring any unexpected hangups. After decades without professional sports in the city, the NHL awarded a franchise to the city earlier this year. Now, it appears that the Raiders will be joining them in the year future, along with a state of the art new stadium. UNLV football will also be a tenant of the stadium.
The Raiders have made their share of moves in the franchise’s history. After two years in San Francisco in the 1960s, the franchise was in Oakland from 1966-1981. The team moved to Los Angeles the following year, where it remained until moving back to Oakland in 1995.
The move comes on the back of the Rams’ move from St. Louis to Los Angeles. The Raiders and San Diego Chargers were also attempting to make moves to LA.
We may very well soon have the Las Vegas Raiders. Stay tuned.