The NFL's Raiders franchise broke ground on Monday, January 14, 2019, in Henderson, Nev., on the site of the team's future practice facility and team headquarters.
The groundbreaking was a chance for the City of Henderson, Nevada's second largest city, to become a part of the Raiders family as the team prepares to move to Las Vegas in 2020.
On hand for the event were Raiders President Marc Badain; Henderson Mayor Debra March; Henderson City Councilman Dan Shaw; and Henderson City Manager Richard Derrick. Also on hand were Raiders players past and present including Quarterback Derek Carr.
The storied NFL franchise won approval from NFL owners in 2017 to move the team from Oakland, Cal. to Las Vegas. The Raiders are schedule to begin play in Las Vegas in 2020 once the Las Vegas Stadium is completed just to the west of the Las Vegas Strip.
Bringing fans and players together, the 85th NFL Draft was to be hosted various free events at iconic Las Vegas locations, April 23-25, 2020, the NFL but was canceled due to corona virus closures on the strip. The Draft comes to Las Vegas as the Raiders prepare to embark on their first season in the city and at Allegiant Stadium.
The celebration - at the NFL Draft Red Carpet, NFL Draft Main Stage and NFL Draft Experience – would have included free immersive activities and live entertainment and performances, bringing a new level of excitement to the NFL Draft that only Las Vegas could provide. Although this had to be a virtual draft, I am excited to see what Las Vegas will be like when we welcome the Raiders to our new stadium. Stay tuned as we keep you posted for new photos of the new stadium and the latest update to sports news and entertainment. Let us know your thoughts to what is next for the sports scene for the rest of 2020 and 2021? What changes do you see and would you like to see in the sports arena for 2021? Follow us and let us know your thoughts of the NFL and other sports events for the rest of 2020.