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Raiders Move From Oakland to Las Vegas

Rob Rivera left of the Black Hole fan group and Ray Bobbitt of an organization that tried to keep the Raiders soak up the news of the pending move at Ricky's Sports Theater and Grill in San Leandro Calif

The Raiders know they will play in Oakland in 2017 and 2018, and they are scheduled to move into a new domed stadium in Las Vegas in 2020.

Fans in Oakland are less than thrilled about Monday's vote.

"The opportunity to build a world-class stadium in the entertainment capital of the world is a significant step toward achieving that greatness", Davis said. Hunt, who didn't actually make his decision until this past week, wanted the Raiders to stay in Oakland. Then again, Oakland fans have been through more than any fanbase or city, so you know whatever the outcome was, it was not going to be easy on either the Raiders or the city of Oakland.

The Raiders plan to exercise their one-year lease options to remain at the Oakland Coliseum the next two seasons, and it's unknown where they will play in 2019.

They came "home" in 1995 to Oakland when officials put up $200 million to renovate the Coliseum and fund for a new practice facility. Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross cast the lone dissenting vote against the proposed move. It's one thing if you're moving from Oakland to Fremont or something, but to Las Vegas?

31 from 32 National Football League owners approved this move, and that was far more than 24 votes needed. "I think it will definitely expand the whole market, everyone is going to Vegas for something, but as well catch a football game while you're down there". And I just don't think everything was done to try and stay in Oakland.

The team and Alameda County have tried for years to keep the Raiders in Oakland and move them out of the Oakland Coliseum, a 60-year-old stadium that is also home to the Oakland A's. What happens in between the end of next season and the opening of their new stadium in Sin City, however, is reportedly up in the air. The first was as the Oakland Raiders, the second was in Los Angeles, although the team still practiced in Northern California.

Having won the right to relocate the Raiders, Mark Davis thanked Adelson for his contribution to the project, stating that the casino magnet had played a key role in convincing Nevada to back the move. The Raiders could spend the next two or even three seasons in the Bay Area before their stadium - whose estimated cost has recently dropped from $1.9 billion to $1.7 billion - is ready.

"When you start tattooing it on your body, they're apart of you", said Perez. Ain't many fan bases like the Raiders.

This is important because lets say for argument's sake, that the Raiders have an empty stadium in 2017.