Owner Mark Davis has weighed in on the Oakland Raiders’ stadium discussions in Las Vegas, expressing satisfaction with their progress.
Certainly the discussions in Las Vegas have heated up, but most of the headlines have concerned the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee and its recent extension on reviewing the project. Last week, some clarity was brought to the situation, as the search for a new stadium was narrowed to five primary sites, including the Bali Hai golf club.
On the heels of that, the Las Vegas Review-Journal talked to Davis at the Raiders’ training camp. The full video is below, but Davis told the Review-Journal that he was “aboslutely encouraged” with the ongoing discussions in Las Vegas.
To hear Davis say anything less would be a surprise. The Raiders have focused their efforts on building a stadium in Las Vegas for much of this year, and have obtained the backing of a few partners in the project, including Las Vegas Sands Corp, Majestic Realty, and UNLV. The way the sites were narrowed also played into the team’s favor, as most of the locations up for discussion are near the Strip, something that is seen as a requirement for many involved in the project.
The list of potential locations is to be narrowed to two later this month. The committee will deliver its findings at the end of September with a report that contains a site, cost, and analysis of funding by the State of Nevada. Should those pieces fall into place, the Raiders and Davis could see the end of their stadium search.
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