LAS VEGAS — The Oakland Raiders have filed paperwork to move to Las Vegas.
The NFL and officials in Nevada confirmed Thursday that the team is asking league owners to approve the move, though the team made no immediate comment and a group that wants to keep the team in Oakland vowed it was still in the game and “playing to win.”
Clark County Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak made the filing of paperwork public on Twitter, and told The Associated Press he spoke with team officials.
“I am happy to see the process moving forward, and greatly appreciate the commitment of the Raiders and work of the Adelson family to the hope of making Las Vegas the home of the Raiders,” Sisolak said.
Sisolak chairs an elected panel with oversight of the Las Vegas Strip and was part of an 11-member panel appointed by Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval to study plans for the proposal backed by billionaire casino owner Sheldon Adelson’s company, Las Vegas Sands Corp., to build a domed stadium to lure the Raiders to town.
Andy Abboud, the Sands executive working on the project, called the filing “one of those moments that makes it real” and vowed that necessary negotiations will be completed.
“The people of Las Vegas should be excited that the NFL is coming to town,” Abboud said. “Business deals take time to work out, but everything will work out in the end.”
Sandoval also confirmed the filing, crediting Raiders owner Mark Davis with fulfilling a promise to seek the move.
“Mark Davis is a man of his word and the filing of the Raiders’ application for relocation of the franchise with the NFL is a significant step in bringing the team to Las Vegas,” Sandoval said.
A site hasn’t been picked for the proposed US$1.9 billion, 65,000-seat stadium. It is expected to be close to the Las Vegas Strip and tens of thousands of hotel rooms.
Sandoval and Nevada lawmakers have committed US$750 million in hotel tax revenue toward the project, Adelson’s company has promised US$650 million, and Davis and the Raiders pledged US$500 million from the team and the NFL.