Henderson, NV is moving closer to becoming the site of a new Oakland Raiders training facility and headquarters that will open once the team relocates to Las Vegas.
The Raiders are currently working to have their new Las Vegas stadium open in time for the 2020 NFL season. As part of its move from Oakland to Las Vegas, the team will have to settle on a location in the Las Vegas area for its new training facility and headquarters. Henderson, in its effort to become the host city of the facility, is making progress.
On Tuesday, the Henderson City Council signed off on a resolution that allows the city to proceed with a direct sale of 55 acres of land to the Raiders that would be used for the new training facility. While the more than $6 million sale would be for half the land’s appraised value, Henderson officials are touting the benefits that they believe the project would offer. More from The AP:
Officials in suburban Henderson on Tuesday approved a resolution that allows the city to move forward with a direct sale of 55 acres (22 hectares) for more than $6 million — half the land’s appraised value. The city is using a Nevada law that allows for no-bid sales at under-market prices when they are considered to be in the public interest.
“This is an opportunity to take the city of Henderson to a new level,” Assistant City Manager Greg Blackburn said during the city council meeting ahead of the resolution vote. “It’s hard to put a dollar value to what this does to help us for the future.”
The Raiders have promised that the venue will create an estimated 250 full-time jobs not counting players. The team will spend about $75 million to build the complex.
Before it is finalized, the offer will have to go through another vote from the Henderson City Council. The council is expected to consider the issue again next month.
Rendering of Las Vegas stadium courtesy MANICA Architecture.