Las Vegas Raiders Stadium

Las Vegas Raiders Stadium (proposed)
Location Paradise, Nevada
Owner State of Nevada
Operator Las Vegas Raiders
Las Vegas Sands Corporation
Executive suites 100[1]
Capacity 65,000
Broke ground 2017 (projected)
Opened 2020 (projected)
Construction cost $1.9 billion
Architect MANICA Architecture
Las Vegas Raiders (NFL) (2020-)
UNLV Rebels football (MW) (2020-)

The Las Vegas Raiders Stadium is a proposed domed stadium to be built in Paradise, Nevada for the National Football League (NFL)'s Las Vegas Raiders and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) Rebels college football team. If the Raiders' proposed relocation to the Las Vegas metropolitan area is approved by the NFL, construction would begin in 2017 for an opening date in 2020. It would be owned by the Stadium Authority.


On January 29, 2016, team owner Mark Davis met with Las Vegas Sands owner Sheldon Adelson about possibly relocating to a $1.9 billion, 65,000 capacity domed stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada. During Davis' meeting with Adelson, he also visited the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), which included a contingent consisting of the university's president Len Jessup, former university president Donald Snyder, Steve Wynn, and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) owner Lorenzo Fertitta. The stadium is being proposed to replace Sam Boyd Stadium and would serve as the home of both the Raiders and the UNLV Rebels college football program. A relocation to Las Vegas would be a long-term proposal, as Sam Boyd Stadium is undersized for the NFL and there are no other professional-caliber stadiums in Nevada. Raiders officials were also in Las Vegas to tour locations in the valley for a potential new home; they were also on the 42-acre site of the proposed stadium to ask questions about the site Davis also was on an interview with Tim Kawakami and said that he had a "great" visit in the city he described it as "Interesting." Davis also said about Las Vegas that "it's absolutely an NFL city," and "It's an international city", adding, "it's a global city," as well as saying that "the Raider brand would do well" and "I think Las Vegas is coming along slowly".[2]

On March 21, 2016, when asked about Las Vegas, Davis said, "I think the Raiders like the Las Vegas plan," and "it's a very very very intriguing and exciting plan", referring to the stadium plan in Las Vegas. Davis also met with Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval about the stadium plan. On April 1, 2016, Davis toured Sam Boyd Stadium to evaluate whether UNLV could serve as a temporary home of the team and was with UNLV football coach Tony Sanchez, athletic director Tina Kunzer-Murphy, adviser Don Snyder and school president Len Jessup to further explore the possibility of the Raiders moving to Las Vegas.

On April 28, 2016, Davis said he wanted to move the Raiders to Las Vegas and pledged $500 million toward the construction of the proposed $2.4 billion domed stadium.[3][4] "Together we can turn the Silver State into the silver and black state", Davis said.[3][5]

On August 25, 2016, the Raiders filed a trademark application for "Las Vegas Raiders" on the same day renderings of a new stadium (located west of Interstate 15 at Las Vegas) were released to the public.[6] On September 15, 2016, the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee unanimously voted to recommend and approve $750 million for the Las Vegas stadium plan.[7]

On October 11, 2016, the Nevada Senate voted 16–5 to approve the funding bill for the Las Vegas stadium proposal.[8] The Nevada Assembly voted 28–13 three days later to approve the bill to fund the new Las Vegas stadium proposal, two days later Sandoval signed the funding bill into law.[9]

On October 17, 2016, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval signed into law Senate Bill 1 and Assembly Bill 1 which approved a hotel room rate tax increase to accommodate $750 million in public funding for the new stadium.[10][11]


For the Las Vegas Stadium, Mark Davis retained the same architecture firm MANICA Architecture that had designed the previous proposed Carson Stadium in Los Angeles because he liked the design of the stadium for Carson.[12] The stadium as proposed is a domed stadium with a clear roof and silver and black exterior and large retractable curtain-like side windows facing the Las Vegas Strip. There is a large torch in one end that would house a flame in honor of the late Al Davis.[13]


  2. "Las Vegas Sands wants stadium for UNLV, possibly Raiders". Sports Illustrated. Associated Press. January 28, 2016. Retrieved March 13, 2016.
  3. 1 2 "Raiders owner willing to give $20M toward Las Vegas stadium". National Football League. Associated Press. April 28, 2016. Retrieved April 30, 2016.
  4. Gutierrez, Paul (April 28, 2016). "Raiders owner Mark Davis says he wants to move team to Las Vegas". ESPN. Retrieved April 30, 2016.
  5. "Oakland Raiders owner willing to spend $500 million to move team to Vegas". Fox News Channel. Associated Press. April 28, 2016. Retrieved April 30, 2016.
  6. Perez, A.J. (August 25, 2016). "Oakland Raiders file to trademark 'Las Vegas Raiders' name". USA Today. Retrieved August 25, 2016.
  7. "Stadium plan to lure Raiders to Las Vegas passes vote". National Football League. Associated Press. September 15, 2016. Retrieved September 16, 2016.
  8. Chereb, Sandra; Whaley, Sean (October 11, 2016). "Raiders stadium project for Las Vegas clears Nevada Senate in 16-5 vote". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved October 13, 2016.
  9. "Las Vegas stadium plan gains approval from Nevada Legislature". National Football League. Associated Press. October 14, 2016. Retrieved October 14, 2016.
  10. "Nevada governor signs bill to approve Las Vegas stadium plan". National Football League. Associated Press. October 17, 2016. Retrieved October 19, 2016.
  11. Spousta, Tom (October 17, 2016). "Gov. Brian Sandoval signs Raiders stadium bill — VIDEO". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved October 19, 2016.
  12. "Raiders apply for 'Las Vegas Raiders' trademark; stadium renderings". Retrieved October 20, 2016.
  13. "Oakland Raiders pitch a $1.9 billion Las Vegas stadium -". Retrieved October 20, 2016.

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