The NFL Rolls the Dice on the Raiders
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Congratulations, Mark Davis and Raider Nation! On behalf of Las Vegas and Destination Fabulous, may we be one of the first to say, “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas!”
Our sincere appreciation also extends to the NFL owners for yesterday’s overwhelming vote of 31 to 1 (Whatever, Miami. We’ll see you on the gridiron later this season for a little smack down!), which paved the way for the relocation of the Raiders to Las Vegas. This is without question a defining moment in Las Vegas’ history in both economic and financial terms. To quote Steve Wynn, “Having the Raiders in Las Vegas is the perfect thing to complement the city and to give everyone another excuse to come to Las Vegas.”
The NFL in Las Vegas is the ultimate game changer.
The future of Las Vegas has never been brighter, and that’s hard to imagine as we live in a city immersed in neon. Having the Raiders as an NFL franchise has now elevated our city to a completely different level. We now stand at the forefront of the great cities of the world regarding entertainment. The NFL, the crown jewel of professional sports leagues, has not only legitimized Las Vegas as a “sports” city, it has validated us as one of the great sports cities of the world.
Too much? Too soon? I haven’t even started. In the course of one year, Las Vegas now has two major professional sports leagues. There are 13 U.S. cities that have teams from four major sports. We now have the NHL and the NFL… two down and two to go. Look out we’re on a roll.
The Raiders are likely to begin playing here as soon as 2019, which can’t come soon enough. The Raiders will remain in Oakland for at least the 2017 and 2018 seasons. In 2020, they are expected to move into a nearly $2 billion stadium, with $750 million in public financing, an arrangement that helped attract the league’s interest. The rest of the money is expected to come from a $600 million loan from Bank of America, $200 million from the league, and additional revenue from naming rights and other deals. (Odds-makers have CVS or Walgreens as the odds-on favorites for title rights. ROFL!)
The $2 billion stadium being built in Vegas isn’t expected to be done until 2020. Although we won’t be able to see the finished product for another three years, Manica Architecture – the company behind the stadium’s design – did offer a sneak peek at the Raiders’ new stadium Monday.
The images below are the first ones Manica has released since August, when they unveiled their initial batch of artistic renderings for the stadium.
In this newest batch of renderings, we get a look at exactly where the Raiders are hoping to build the stadium: the south end of the strip, just west of Mandalay Bay.
Another illustration shows where the Raiders’ practice facility might be located:
Based on the rendering, there will be a practice field just outside the stadium.
Oh, and there will be plenty of space for tailgating:
Lastly, here’s a Goodyear blimp view of the stadium:
The stadium will even have the Cowboys “Jonesing” to play on our field. Put the shovels in the ground!
Before I end this blog, please join me in unison as we recite “The Raider Code” together:
NEVER SURRENDER IN THE HEAT OF BATTLE.
ALWAYS LEAVE IT OUT ON THE FIELD, BLOOD THAT IS
ALWAYS WEAR YOUR COLORS, WHICH ARE “SILVER & BLACK.”
FAMILY IS WHAT WE ARE
SO WE STAND AS ONE AND WE RIDE AS ONE.
WIN, LOSE OR TIE WE ARE RAIDERS UNTIL WE DIE.
NOW THAT’S RAIDER AND IT’S 4 LIFE.
Las Vegas DMC, Destination Fabulous, joins Raider Nation as the newest members of “The Black Hole,” where our motto is: Keep Calm And Join The Dark Side.
I didn’t choose my colors, my colors chose me,