NFL Stadium Plans For Las Vegas Approved By Nevada Legislature
The Nevada state legislature approved a plan to build an NFL stadium in Las Vegas with a 28-13 vote Friday afternoon.
On Tuesday, the Nevada state Senate passed a bill to raise taxes and allocate $750 million in public money to fund stadium construction. The Nevada Legislature moved one step closer toward the bill passing with their vote Friday. Now the decision to pass the bill is left to Nevada state governor Brian Sandoval who will likely approve it on Monday, Deadspin reports.
The Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis has already thanked the legislature for their decision in a statement, according to ESPN. Davis pledged $500 million toward stadium construction saying he wants to turn Nevada, “the Silver State, into the silver and black state.” (RELATED: Nevada State Senate Just Passed A Bill Raising Taxes To Fund NFL Stadium)
“I would like to thank Governor Sandoval, the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee, and the members of the Nevada Legislature on this historic day,” Davis said in the statement. “All parties have worked extremely hard to develop and approve this tremendous stadium project that will serve as a proud new home for the entire Raider Nation.”
Davis may be getting a little bit ahead of himself, but clearly wants it to be known he expects to relocate there if Governor Sandoval passes the bill. Davis’ Raiders will need a three-fourths majority vote by NFL owners for the move from Oakland to Las Vegas.
The Raiders won’t be able to officially apply for relocation until January, according to ESPN. The possibility will likely be discussed at the fall owners meetings next week.