Raider Nation Heads to Las Vegas

Raider Nation get ready to move! The Associated Press announced on Monday that the NFL has approved the relocation of the Raiders from Oakland CA, to Las Vegas, Nevada. With the move not happening overnight, it came after months of talk from the Raiders’ franchise moving after being disappointed with the city’s proposal for a new stadium and Las Vegas stepped in with an attractive offer.

In a statement posted on the teams official site, owner Mark Davis tell the fans, “My father used to say the greatness of the Raiders is in the future…This gives us the ability to achieve that.”

It will cost approximately $350 million to relocate the team with a new stadium costing a pretty penny of nearly $1.7 billion. Thankfully Las Vegas offered $750 million in public money and Bank of America is giving Davis a $650 million loan to help with the cost.

This is the third team in the NFL to move in over a year. The Rams moved from St. Louis to Los Angeles in early 2016 and just a few months ago, the San Diego Chargers made the same move. Commissioner Roger Goodell, says “We work very hard and never want to see the relocation of a franchise. We worked tirelessly over the last nine months or so on a solution. We needed to provide certainties and stability for the Raiders and the league.”

After an incredible comeback season and the prospects of a new stadium, not everyone in the Raider Nation is excited about the team leaving the Bay Area. Some fans even took it to the Los Angeles Coliseum with their signs saying,“stay in Oakland.” The City Mayor, Libby Schaaf even made a last-ditch effort to keep the team in Oakland and offering up to a $1.3 billion plan for a new stadium which would be ready in 2021.

The Los Angeles Coliseum is currently the home to both the Raiders and MLB Oakland A’s which is something that NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell found a bit troubling. A’s President Dave Kaval said “We understand the Raiders’ need for a new stadium…Oakland is an incredible sports town and we would be sorry to see them leave. We commend the city’s and county’s efforts to keep the Raiders in Oakland. The mayor and her team have worked incredibly hard to save the franchise.”

Raiders’ Quarterback, Derek Carr took it to Twitter to express his thoughts and feelings about the move.

This isn’t the first time the Raiders have moved out of the Bay Area as they were known as the Los Angeles Raiders for 12-years, from 1982 to 1994 before moving back to Oakland. Although the move to Las Vegas is not set to happen until the 2020,  members of the Nation can continue to call them the Oakland Raiders and for those fans who are upset about move. Owner Mark Davis, wants every fan to remember, “We are still the Raiders and we represent the Raider Nation.” He continues with, “The opportunity to build a world-class stadium in the entertainment capital of the world…is a significant step toward achieving that greatness.”

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