If there’s any professional sports team that screams Las Vegas, it’s the Raiders. On Monday, the 32 NFL owners voted to approve the Raiders’ potential move to the desert. They needed 24 of the 32 to say yes. They got a whopping 31, making the move from Oakland to Nevada a reality.
This won’t happen right away, though. For starters, there’s no football stadium for the team in Vegas yet. That probably won’t be ready until 2020, so they’ll still be in Oakland for the next few years. Law makers approved $750 million public funding for the new stadium, but made it all possible. The Raiders have not been able to secure funding for a new stadium in Oakland.
The Raiders plan to play at the Oakland Coliseum in 2017 and 2018, Davis said in a statement. Davis also expressed openness to staying in Oakland in 2019, although NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league would look into potential venues for 2019. In the meantime, the Raiders will remain the Oakland Raiders.
“My father always said, ‘the greatness of the Raiders is in its future,’ and the opportunity to build a world-class stadium in the entertainment capital of the world is a significant step toward achieving that greatness,” Davis said.