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The Oakland Raiders are officially going to be relocated to Las Vegas, Nevada, after a vote among NFL owners turned out 31 to 1 in favor of the move. Only Miami Dolphins’ owner Stephen Ross voted against the relocation.
The Raiders will still play on Oakland this upcoming season, and possibly even longer. According to ESPN, team owner Mark Davis expects the team to stay in Oakland for the next two seasons, as they hold a pair of one-year options at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, the team’s home from 1966 to 1981 and from 1995 to the present day.
The Raiders will become the first NFL team to play their home games in Las Vegas in the history of the league. The only other teams that play in Las Vegas are the Vegas Golden Knights of the NHL, a franchise that is only set to begin next NHL season, the Las Vegas 51s, the AAA affiliate of the MLB’s New York Mets, of the Pacific Coast League, and the college sports teams of the University of Nevada-Las Vegas (UNLV) Runnin’ Rebels.
A 65,000-seat domed stadium that will cost a total of $1.9 billion is currently in the works for the Raiders in Las Vegas. Upon its expected opening in 2020, it will play host to Raiders home games and UNLV home football games.
Should they pick up both of the one-year options at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, the Raiders will still be without a home stadium in the 2019 season. It has yet to be determined where they will play their home games in 2019, but there is still plenty of time to figure that out.