Raiders' move to Vegas approved: Now what?
- Author: Julie Sanders Mar 30, 2017,
Mar 30, 2017, 22:07
Still, knowing their team will be leaving for Las Vegas is sure to convince some of the most loyal Black and Silver fans to jump ship.
After the team's move to Las Vegas was officially approved on Monday, Raiders owner Mark Davis said that he'd like to keep the Raiders in Oakland while the team's new stadium in Vegas is being built. But with the franchise slated to move on to Vegas no later than 2020, coach Jack Del Rio said he thinks the dedicated fan base will travel too. The older Raiders fans, you lost them forever.
Ross spoke to the Bay Area News Group as well, and also touched on legacy, which he (and many) find important.
Their next set-in stone road game versus the Raiders will come in 2022.
Oakland City Council President Larry Reid said he will consult with attorneys to see if they can force the Raiders out of the Coliseum early.
At the annual meeting of National Football League club owners in Phoenix, Arizona on Monday, 31 of 32 owners backed the change of venue, with only Stephen Ross of the Miami Dolphins voting against.
Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, the lone dissenting vote on the Raiders' relocation to Las Vegas, said fans should never foot the bill for stadium construction. "People can say what they want, but there will be temptations that the players don't need".
It's the third National Football League franchise to move in recent years. A almost $2 billion stadium near the Vegas Strip is already in the works.
"I didn't know until a few minutes ago they were still going to be in Oakland for a little while longer." she said. However, the Coliseum spends more than $8 million per year to enable the Raiders to play there - including game-day operations such as security and sanitation.
Las Vegas locals celebrated as the news spread of the Raiders impending move to the area. It's not like we didn't see this coming, but that doesn't mean that it doesn't hurt. City officials have asked that the Davis Family refund all season tickets for the 2017/18 NFL Season. By 1995, Davis hated the decrepit Los Angeles Coliseum where the Raiders played, so he moved the team back to Oakland where the city agreed to renovate the stadium. We will compete and we will do our best to bring a championship to the entire Raider Nation. Instead, the owners approved the Rams' relocation and gave the Chargers an option to join them, which they exercised this winter.