The Oakland Raiders are coming to Las Vegas.
The National Football League owners voted 31-1 today to approve Raiders owner Mark Davis' plan to bring the team to a new stadium next to Las Vegas Boulevard -- the Strip -- in time for the 2020 season.
The $1.9 billion stadium will be funded in part by the state, which has committed $750 million to the project. It will have 65,000 seats, expandable to 72,000 for Super Bowl events, according to architectural firm MANICA, which has designed the stadium. The Raiders will share it with the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) football team.
The stadium will be located on a 65.2-acre site on the far side of the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas from the Strip, east of the I-15 Freeway.
The Raiders will join the Las Vegas Golden Knights, a National Hockey League (NHL) expansion team, as the city's second professional sports team. The Golden Knights will play in MGM Resorts International's T-Mobile Arena, between the New York-New York Las Vegas Resort & Casino and the soon-to-be-replaced Monte Carlo Las Vegas Resort & Casino, beginning with the 2017-2018 season this fall.
MANICA's website says the domed, air conditioned stadium will be "sleek and modern," and will feature "a horseshoe-shaped seating arrangement that is open on one end to offer spectacular views toward the neighboring Las Vegas Strip. The current design envisions a retractable natural turf field and large operable walls that open toward the nearby strip. A wide variety of open clubs, lounges and private suites throughout all levels of the stadium ensure a luxury experience for spectators." Other features include a glass-domed roof for an outdoor feel without an outdoor climate, according to the Raiders.
Goodell added that Las Vegas will host a Super Bowl, but it will not be in 2022, the first currently available slot, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Sheldon Adelson, Chairman and CEO of Las Vegas Sands corporation -- which owns The Venetian and The Palazzo -- was a major and early supporter of bringing the Raiders to Las Vegas, but will not be an investor according to news reports. Davis highlighted Adelson's contribution after the vote, saying, "I'd like to thank Sheldon Adelson, whose vision and directions made [the move to Las Vegas] possible, and probably would have never happened without him."