LAS VEGAS (KRON) – Raiders owner Mark Davis says he wants to move the team to Las Vegas.
Team officials are in Las Vegas Thursday morning to discuss the particulars of a move to Nevada.
Davis, sitting next to soccer superstar David Beckham, met with the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee to discuss a $1.3 billion stadium project. The project includes casino mogul Sheldon Adelson and real estate agency Majestic Realty.
“It’ll be a lifetime commitment,” Davis told the committee when he was asked about his long-term plans in the city.
“When my father passed away, to continue his legacy with this football team, the number one thing is to find a stadium, find a home,” Davis said, “and that’s what I’m looking to do.”
Davis, who had been mulling multiple options to move his team since being passed over by the NFL’s other owners to relocate the Raiders to Los Angeles, has toured UNLV’s Sam Boyd Stadium as a potential temporary home. The Raiders have a one-year lease for the 2016 season at Oakland Alameda Coliseum.
Beckham, reflecting on his involvement in bringing professional soccer to Miami, spoke to the committee about the impact a professional sports team would have on the quality of life for Las Vegas. Beckham, a resident of Las Vegas, hopes to bring a Major League Soccer team to the city which will play at the proposed state-of-the-art stadium.
A move to Los Angeles is still an option for the Raiders, if the San Diego Chargers elect to remain in San Diego instead of joining the Los Angeles Rams in Inglewood, California. The Chargers are lobbying for a new stadium in Los Angeles and have been given a year to work out a deal with the city.
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and councilmember Larry Reid have issued the following statement on the effort to keeps the Raiders in Oakland.
“We remain firmly committed to working out terms that responsibly keep the Raiders in Oakland where we want them to be, and where they belong.”
“We appreciate that the Raiders have an internationally recognized brand with appeal in many markets. As such, we understand that while our talks with the team continue, they will also explore all of their options as part of this process. The Raiders have explored options in the past and I am sure they will do so again in the future. It’s my job to remain focused on delivering a deal that works for the Raiders, the fans and the taxpayers. Oakland deserves nothing less.”
“Oakland is a strong market with many unique assets that make it a perfect home for the Raiders’ new stadium, including unparalleled stadium access thanks to proximity to public transit and the freeway, incredible real estate value that can support lucrative ancillary development, and a loyal and established base of die-hard fans.”
“We know this hasn’t been an easy road and we appreciate the patience and persistence of the team and its fans. We remain committed to a partnership that supports a team-centered effort to build a new stadium for the Raiders in Oakland that will be successful for the fans and the team, and responsible for the city and its taxpayers.”
“We remain confident that the Raiders can build a new stadium in Oakland without a direct public subsidy. We will continue working with the Raiders and the NFL to responsibly make that happen.”
Chair of the Joint Powers Authority, that is responsible for the management of the existing Coliseum facility, City Councilmember Larry Reid (D-7) added:
“The Raiders and the City of Oakland have long and strong history. We’re glad to have successfully negotiated a new lease agreement that keeps the team in Oakland for at least another season, giving Mayor Schaaf, the City Administration and the team the time needed to work out a fair deal that keeps them in Oakland for generations to come.”
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