On Wednesday, the Las Vegas Raiders made official what the football world has known for two days now. A Las Vegas Super Bowl will take place in 2014
The date fo the game is Feb. 11, 2024.
The team made the announcement Wednesday morning at Allegiant Stadium in a news conference that included speeches from team owner Mark Davis, Steve Hill from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitor’s Authority via video from the NFL owner’s meeting and Gov. Steve Sisolak and Maurice Gallagher, CEO of Allegiant Airlines and chair of the Super Bowl Host Committee in person.
The owners voted unanimously, 32-0, to award the game to Las Vegas.
“I am beyond thrilled to be able to announce that the NFL owners unanimously awarded Super Bowl 58 to Las Vegas,” Hill said. ”The owners have put their trust in Las Vegas.”
Raiders owner Mark Davis thanked a lot of people for making it happen, including the late Sheldon Adelson, Steve Wynn, former Gov. Brian Sandoval and current Gov. Steve Sisolak. He also thanked former Raider Napolean McCallum, a long-time Las Vegas resident, as someone instrumental in making the stadium and the team’s move a reality.
He was also happy to have some good news regarding the team, that has been struggling recently.
“When you’re to winning on the field, it’s nice to win off it,” he said.
Las Vegas Super Bowl will be big economic driver
Gallagher said the Super Bowl will have an impact of $500 million on the local economy and will drive about $70 million in tax revenue. To host the game, the stadium will have to add about 5,000 seats as the stadium as currently configured can seat 65,000 spectators and a Super Bowl venue must have 70,000.
To accommodate the extra capacity, the Raiders are considering bringing in bleacher seats near the torch on the east side of the stadium.
Sisolak talked about his early discussions with Davis when they were looking at various sites in the valley for the stadium.
“I remember when we walked on this property and it was just a vacant piece of property,” he said. “We drove to at five or six sites in town and (Davis) said, ‘This is where we’re going to build a stadium.’
“Nobody thought this would be possible. We had a lot of naysayers that said, it can’t happen. You can’t build it. It won’t work. There’s no parking. There’s not a fan base. We’ve heard every excuse in the world, but the Raiders have persevered to make this a reality.”
Gamble to fund stadium paying off
The state legislature approved a $750 bond to help pay for the $2 billion stadium, which is paid for by a hotel room tax. The city has a lot of hotel rooms in the Strip corridor, and events such as the Super Bowl and this coming year’s Pro Bowl and NFL draft will go al long way towards paying off this bond.
“Las Vegas is not only the Entertainment Capitol, but it’s a sports capitol in the world that it’s becoming,” Sisolak said. “It’s a great market. There is no better venue to hold a Super Bowl than Allegiant Stadium and hopefully it will be held here more than once. I can’t wait for that day to come.And hopefully the Raiders will be playing in it. We’ll just have to wait to see what happens in two years.”