Marshall Snow Thomas
The Oakland Raiders are officially moving out of Oakland. On Monday, it was announced that the historic NFL franchise will be relocating to Las Vegas. The Raiders received 31 of 32 votes to approve the move to Vegas, with the Miami Dolphins being the only team to vote against the move.
The Raiders will appear in Las Vegas no later than 2020, with a new stadium to be built. It was announced that a 65,000 seat domed stadium, that will cost around$1.9 billion will house the silver and black. The site of the stadium has not been announced yet, but the leading location looks to be across from the Mandalay Bay hotel. It’s a possibility that the Raiders may play preseason games at UNLV’s Sam Boyd Stadium in 2018 and 2019, giving fans in Vegas a taste of the future of pro football.
It will be third time the Raiders will move. In 1982 the team relocated to Los Angeles, before returning to Oakland in 1995. The Raiders will join the NHL’s Golden Knights, an expansion franchise that will begin play in Las Vegas starting in 2017-2018.
“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,” said team owner Mark Davis in an interview to NFL.Com. Davis is the son of longtime owner Al Davis, who passed away several years ago.
This move is the third time in the last 14 months that an iconic NFL franchise has relocated. The Rams moved back to Los Angeles last year, and the Chargers also announced they’d be leaving San Diego, and would be heading to L.A. as well.
The move comes at an already exciting time for the Raiders. The team went 12-4 in 2016, and made the playoffs for the first time since 2002. The Raiders have won three Super Bowls and an AFL title in its rich 57 year history.