Is Sam Boyd Stadium a viable temporary home for Raiders?
- Author: Lawrence Cooper Apr 02, 2017,
Apr 02, 2017, 1:17
The answer, Chargers operative Mark Fabiani told me this week, is, no. It's one of the most impoverished and underserved areas in the city.
In a statement released after the vote, Raiders owner Mark Davis said; "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".
The problem is the Raiders may have been given approval and are ready to move to Las Vegas, but Las Vegas won't have a stadium for the team for at least two more years.
"We think the economic impact to the city is pretty minimal relative to what the additional debt and potential additional costs would have been", she said.
"I would say it's going to go as far as it needs to from a player safety standpoint", said McKay, president of the Atlanta Falcons.
"If I had complete control of the situation, I would not have opted to have the Raiders come here". I think they need to do everything they can to make it work in that community. Another $200 million emerged in the final proposal for infrastructure improvements aimed at accommodating the new venue.
Ross, a billionaire, tried and failed to secure public money for a $500 million renovation and expansion of his Hark Rock Stadium.
The Raiders were approved by the National Football League to leave Oakland for Las Vegas on Monday, but the estimated time of arrival was not provided. Reportedly, only 50 showed up for a rally celebrating the move.
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As expected, it will also serve as the new home for Sin City's FBS team, a fact that UNLV's hierarchy was quick to point out and highlight in the hours after the vote was officially confirmed. There is only a select group of cities in North America that are home to both an National Hockey League and an NFL franchise and Vegas is now one of them.
The road to Vegas has been a long one for the Raiders, dating back to January 2016 when they lost the chance to move to Los Angeles.
It's worth noting that the T-Mobile Arena, where the Golden Knights are set to host their home games, was paid for entirely by private funds. "I am happy to claim my place as the official prostitution provider to one of the NFL's most storied franchises".
"We are very excited to welcome the Raiders to our great city of Las Vegas".
"My first reaction was shock", said long-time Raiders fan Brennen Scarborough on his reaction to the news.
Oakland Raiders running back Taiwan Jones (22) runs toward the end zone to score on a touchdown reception during the second half of an NFL football game against the New York Jets in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015.
Basically, support the team that's eventually bolting on you in two or three years or lose them in a year.