Raiders break ground on new stadium in Las Vegas

The Raiders have taken the next step in their move to Las Vegas.

The team on Monday drew nearly a thousand spectators as they held a groundbreaking ceremony on the Strip to kick off the construction of their new 65,000-seat domed stadium.

Among those in attendance were NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL owners Robert Kraft, Stan Kroenke and Dean Spanos. A number of former Raiders players, including Howie Long, Fred Biletnikoff, Jim Plunkett, Tom Flores and Cliff Branch, also made an appearance.

The event, which kicked off at 5 p.m. PT, also featured a tribute to the 58 victimes of the Oct. 1 mass shooting and recognized Las Vegas law enforcement and first responders for their efforts.

“It will be seen around the world as a reflection of the spirit of Las Vegas: a resilient city on the rise,” Goodell said, via NFL Media. “This is a very significant day in the franchise’s storied history and a tangible symbol of the team’s future in Las Vegas.”

The Raiders’ relocation to Las Vegas was approved by NFL owners in March after 31 of the 32 owners voted in favor of the move. The final piece of the funding puzzle for the $1.9 billion stadium fell into place last month when the Nevada Assembly and Senate approved a room tax increase designed to raise $750 million for construction.

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