The Oakland Raiders will remove Oakland from its name and add Las Vegas.
The franchise will move to Las Vegas after they received approval from the owners of the NFL teams this Monday, after voting.
31 from 32 NFL owners approved this move, and that was far more than 24 votes needed. The only team who was against this decision was the Miami Dolphins.
“My position today was that we as owners and as a League owe it to the fans to do everything we can to stay in the communities that have supported us. I want to wish Mark Davis and the Raiders organization the best in Las Vegas,” Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said after the meeting.
In the next two years Raiders are still going to play in Oakland and after that, they are going to the southern part of Nevada.
Mark Davis also confirmed that they are going to stay for two next years in Oakland. He made a statement in which he told the fans not to be angry with the players and the staff.
“My father always said, ‘the greatness of the Raiders is in its future,’ and the opportunity to build a world-class stadium in the entertainment capital of the world is a significant step toward achieving that greatness,” Davis said in a statement.
He then expressed gratitude towards several people who made this move possible.
“I would like to thank Commissioner [Roger] Goodell, the National Football League and my 31 partners. I would also like to thank Governor Brian Sandoval and the Nevada Legislature for their commitment. Finally, I would like to thank Sheldon Adelson for his vision and leadership, without which this project would never have become a reality.”
It is expected for them to build a 65000 seat stadium, which will cost 1.9 billion dollars. This stadium will be finished in 2020.
Mark Davies sent a message to Oakland fans saying that the Raiders will always carry the city’s DNA.
“The Raiders were born in Oakland and Oakland will always be part of our DNA. We know that some fans will be disappointed and even angry, but we hope that they do not direct that frustration to the players, coaches, and staff. We plan to play at the Coliseum in 2017 and 2018, and hope to stay there as the Oakland Raiders until the new stadium opens. We would love nothing more than to bring a championship back to the Bay Area.”
Libby Sharpe the Mayor of Oakland did everything in her power to persuade Mark Davies to give one more chance to the city and to herself to try to work something about the stadium for the Raiders.
The Raiders are going to spend to $500 million in the construction of the new stadium and the state of Nevada will give $750 million.
This will be the third move in the Raiders history. Back in 1982, the team relocated to Los Angeles and they were back in Auckland in 1995.
They will be the third team in the past two years who moved to another city. Previously, the Los Angeles Rams relocated from St. Louis. The Chargers moved from LA to San Diego.