The Oakland Raiders have made it official, they have filed the papers needed to relocate the franchise to Las Vegas.
The team would need 24 of the 36 NFL owners to vote in favor of the move before it becomes official, but that is not expected to be a barrier. That vote is expected in March.
The team would play in yet-to-be-built stadium on the south end of the Las Vegas Strip. Completion on the stadium is expected in 2020 or 2021. Where the team would play in the interim is still a question. Owner Mark Davis says the team could continue to play in Oakland Alameda Colosseum, but most feel that would be difficult for the team to do now that it has announced it plans to leave. The only Las Vegas option is Sam Boyd Stadium which seats 40,000. The Los Angeles Chargers have been given approval by the NFL to play in a 27,000 seat soccer stadium in Los Angeles, so playing in the smaller stadiums is not unheard of as a part-time solution.
The news was first tweeted out by Clark County Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak this morning saying, “It’s official! The @Raiders have filed their paperwork to relocate to Las Vegas.”
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