Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman is confident that the Oakland Raiders will move to Las Vegas unless the deal is mismanaged.
“The Raiders will come if Nevada handles this properly,” Goodman told ESPN Radio’s Capital Games podcast Tuesday.
With the new $375 million, 20,000-seat T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas not only has its latest attraction, but one that has finally gained the attention of boxing, MMA and professional teams.
Raiders owner Mark Davis met with the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee on April 28 and pledged $500 million toward the construction of a $1.4 billion, 65,000-seat domed stadium.
“Mark Davis has assured us that Las Vegas is not getting played in a Raiders stadium deal,” Goodman said. “I know we will have a team.”
The Sands and partnering business Majestic Realty have pledged an additional $150 million, leaving $750 million for taxpayers to see the stadium project through at its early stage. Backers said on April 28 that they would ask for a special session of the Nevada Legislature in August to approve diverting some room-tax funds for the stadium. The legislature is not scheduled to meet again until 2017.