The Oakland Raiders have taken another step toward their upcoming relocation, as they staged a ceremonial groundbreaking for the new Las Vegas stadium on Monday.
With the planning process for the stadium unfolding, the Raiders still have to work with local officials to reach some key agreements before the project gets fully into gear. The site, however, is being prepared for construction, and Monday’s ceremony reflected the Raiders’ focus on arriving in Las Vegas in the coming years.
Raiders owner Mark Davis was on hand for the ceremony, which included a tribute to the 58 victims of the mass shooting in Las Vegas on October 1. Davis used the ceremony as an opportunity to praise the manner in which local officials and first responders responded to the tragedy. In addition, other dignitaries noted their excitement for the Raiders’ pending arrival to the city. More from The Las Vegas Review-Journal:
“For the Raiders to be successful and ultimately win, it takes teamwork,” he said. “Nowhere has the notion of teamwork been better displayed and more evident than in Las Vegas on the evening of Oct. 1, 2017, when, with the world watching, Mayor Carolyn Goodman, County Commissioner Steve Sisolak, Rep. Dina Titus, Sheriff Joe Lombardo, their staffs, all the first responders, emergency health care workers and local citizenry seamlessly worked together to bring a sense of safety and security to a situation that without teamwork could have resulted in chaos. The Raiders are honored and proud to be joining such a special team.”
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Gov. Brian Sandoval were the top dignitaries on hand.
“Only in Vegas can you turn a groundbreaking ceremony into a show,” Goodell said after being introduced by the event’s master of ceremonies, comedian George Lopez. “The Raiders hold a special place in the hearts of football fans around the world, and we appreciate how they’ve been embraced by the state of Nevada and the city of Las Vegas.”
Sandoval, who signed the legislation approved in a special session in October 2016 establishing the $750 million in public financing, officially welcomed the team to city.
The Raiders are expected to begin playing at the stadium for the 2020 NFL season. In addition, the new facility is expected to be the home of UNLV football, though a joint-use agreement between the university and the Raiders is one of the key documents that must be finalized over the coming months.
Rendering courtesy MANICA Architecture.
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