LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Raiders made a big announcement at the Allegiant Stadium on Wednesday. The team has officially become the Las Vegas Raiders!
Raiders former owner and General Manager Al Davis used to say, “The greatness of the Raiders is in its future,” and according to the Raiders, the move to Las Vegas gives the Silver and Black the opportunity to achieve that greatness.
The Raiders — who began play in the American Football League in 1960 — are entering their 61st year of professional football competition, including the last 51 as a member of the National Football League.
Governor Sisolak read a proclamation at the announcement officially calling Jan. 22 “Las Vegas Raiders Day” in the state of Nevada.
Also during the news conference, the Raiders announced that they were going to make a $500,000 donation to help feed at-risk school kids.
“Today, we want to make a donation to the Nevada Department of Agriculture meal service program, which feeds kids lunch and breakfast at the schools. We are hoping to eliminate the debt that the entire state of Nevada has to do that project, and in that regard we are donating $500,000 to the program,” said Raiders Owner Mark Davis.
The NFL officially approved the Raiders’ relocation to Las Vegas in March 2017. The organization will base their training and business operations in Henderson and play their home games at Allegiant Stadium, located on the south end of the Las Vegas Strip.