Raiders Move To Las Vegas Approved By Majority Of NFL Owners
NFL owners approved the Raiders moving from Oakland to Las Vegas today by a vote of 31-1. Only Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross voted against the move.
The move comes as no surprise. Raiders owner Mark Davis has been positioning his franchise for a move to Sin City for awhile.
"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 in a prepared statement. "I would like to thank Commissioner Goodell, the National Football League and my 31 partners. I would also like to thank Governor Brian Sandoval and the Nevada Legislature for their commitment. Finally, I would like to thank Sheldon Adelson for his vision and leadership, without which this project never would have become a reality."
The Raiders are expected to play in Oakland for at least another two years as a $1.9 billion 65,000 seat domed stadium is built in Vegas. It will also play host to UNLV's home football games. It's expected completion day is 2020.
Raiders games will continue to be played at the Oakland Coliseum in 2017 and likely 2018. Davis expressed his desire to continue playing there for the tiem being, and the franchise holds 2 one-year options there.
Beyond 2018, the team could potentially continue to play in Oakland, or play in UNLV's Sam Boyd Stadium, which holds a max capacity of 40,000.
Raiders Pro-Bowl quarterback Derek Carr took to his twitter page to share his feelings on the news.