July 31, 2020. That’s when the Raiders expect to complete their new $1.9 billion Las Vegas stadium, according to Steve Sisolak.
The Raiders are set to play in Oakland in 2018, but their 2019 home remains a mystery. If they can stick to their timeline, 2020 will be the first year of the Las Vegas Raiders.
That leaves almost no room for delay, as the first preseason game for the Raiders will likely be in mid August of 2020, with the regular season kicking off at the beginning of September. So a delay of simply two weeks or one month could put the 2020 season in jeopardy.
The July 31, 2020 date is already later than what the Raiders were targeting back in May, when they introduced a timeline that would see the stadium completed in June of 2020.
The Raiders plan to break ground on the Las Vegas Stadium on November 13. But as of now, the Raiders are not able to access the $750 million in public funds Clark County is paying for the stadium.
The Raiders and the stadium authority must sign a development agreement before the public money is available. The stadium authority had planned to sign it in October, but it has been pushed back to February.
The two sides have until April of 2018 to sign the development agreement or the public money raised through a hotel room tax will no longer be available to the Raiders.
The second option is for UNLV to get the money and build its own, much smaller and cheaper stadium. But UNLV will have to raise $200 million before it can build its own stadium.
If the Raiders get everything completed the first regular season football game in the new stadium will likely be UNLV hosting Cal, as the schools announced a four-year series starting August 29, 2020.
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