If NFL owners approve a move by the Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas, where might the team play until a new state-of-the-art stadium is complete?
The answer may just be the current home of UNLV Football, Sam Boyd Stadium.
8 News Now has learned that Raiders officials have already inspected the facility and believe that it may just work with some improvements.
“There are some people putting plans together to expand that stadium to make it work for a couple of years,” says UNLV sports broadcasting professor Ron Futrell.
Futrell says that by adding 7,000 to 8,000 seats in the north end zone, along with additions near the top of of the currently 35,000 seat stadium, seating could approach 50,000.
Improvements to the training facilities, offices and locker rooms would also likely be necessary.
The Raiders currently play in the Oakland Coliseum and share the space with the Oakland Athletics baseball team. According to an ESPN report, Raiders owner Mark Davis says he would like for the Raiders to play there at least two more seasons, but the team has the ability to opt out of that deal at an earlier date.
Another local option could be the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, which is equipped to seat 123,000 spectators.
NFL owners must still vote to approve a Raiders relocation. That vote is likely to come in early 2016. Las Vegas’ $1.9 billion stadium is expected to open in 2020.