“I would like to thank Governor Sandoval, the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee, and the members of the Nevada Legislature on this historic day, ” said Raiders owner Mark Davis in a statement released moments ago. “All parties have worked extremely hard to develop and approve this tremendous stadium project that will serve as a proud new home for the entire Raider Nation.”
The state of Nevada will now contribute $750MM to the project, which is estimated to cost about $1.9 billion. Technically, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval could veto the bill, but he is scheduled for a public signing on Monday. Needless to say, he won’t be issuing a veto.
Last month, it was reported that the league office was actually pushing for Oakland to keep the Raiders. At the same time, Roger Goodell has expressed an openness towards having a team in Vegas in the last year. Ultimately, it will be the NFL’s owners who vote on the proposed relocation to Las Vegas. To get the green light, Davis will need 23 votes in addition to his own.
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