When the NFL season eventually kicks off, pandemic permitting, the Raiders will play in their new home at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. For the better part of last year, construction has been underway on their new stadium, which looks to be a massive upgrade from the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.
Even in the middle of a pandemic, construction on the venue has continued with Raiders owner and managing general partner Mark Davis pledging $1 million to fight the coronavirus in Las Vegas. The stadium is expected to cost about $1.9 billion to build, with the Raiders putting up $1.1 billion and public funding of about $750 million making up the rest.
As building has progressed, videos have shown the monolithic arena taking shape and it looks super cool.
Fans have fondly been referring to it as the Death Star.
The sleek outside looks like something Darth Vader would like.
Also, look at the scale of this 65,000-seat behemoth in relation to the rest of the Vegas strip. It's massive.
It's poised to be one of the best stadiums in the league, when the NFL comes back.
Terms of the naming-rights deal were not disclosed, but experts with experience on similar deals say Allegiant Airlines is likely paying between $20 million and $25 million in cash and in-kind services a year to put its name on the building.
Construction on the domed Allegiant Stadium remains on schedule and is expected to be finished by July 31th of this year. The 2020 NFL season is supposed to begin Sept. 10, but it's possible that date could change depending on future federal and state guidelines regarding the pandemic.
Allegiant Stadium will have no problem fitting in with a city famous for its bright lights.
The Raiders' move follows years of failed efforts by team owner Mark Davis to renovate or replace the Oakland Coliseum, which has been consistently rated as one of the worst stadiums in the NFL. Team owners approved the move, 31-1, at their annual league meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, on March 27, 2017
Why did the Raiders move from Oakland to Las Vegas?
Relocation basically came down to one issue: finding an appropriate venue for home games.
The commissioner and membership had found in 2016, that the Raiders' current home stadium is not adequate for NFL football, and must be replaced, a conclusion agreed to by the civic leadership in Oakland, the league said in a statement shared back in April 2017. In spite of the established preference for clubs to continue to serve their existing fans and communities, the member clubs concluded that the Raiders should be permitted to relocate from Oakland.
The Raiders had previously attempted to relocate to Los Angeles, but the NFL shut down that move and gave Oakland additional time to address its stadium issues. When the league rejected Oakland's proposal, it opened the door for Las Vegas to snag the franchise.
While Oakland was uneasy about using taxpayer money for a new stadium, Las Vegas promised $750 million in public funds. Game over.
The proposal to relocate to Las Vegas involves a clearly-defined and well-financed proposal for a first-class stadium in a diverse and growing community that is well-recognized as an entertainment destination, the statement said. It offers the Raiders a genuine opportunity to resolve longstanding stadium issues and is expected to provide the club with solid future prospects.
After full consideration, the membership approved the relocation of the Raiders' home territory to Las Vegas.