The Raiders are relocating to Las Vegas to move into a brand new stadium that will open in 2020. Until then, the Raiders will play two more seasons in Oakland before moving in to a temporary home in Las Vegas for the 2019 season.
Struggles to secure a new stadium in Oakland made the move look increasingly likely and eventually a seemingly foregone conclusion. Reports Monday morning suggested the Raiders had enough votes to confirm a move, and it was made official at the NFL’s annual owners meeting in Phoenix, Ariz. with a 31-1 vote.
It will be the third relocation for a franchise that was a charter member of the American Football League in 1960 and originally called Oakland home. It moved to Los Angeles in 1982 and back to Oakland in 1995, but will now leave California for the first time.
It’s also the third NFL relocation in less than two years with the Rams moving to Los Angeles in January 2016, and the Chargers joining them in LA in January 2017. The Raiders also filed for relocation to LA, but were given third priority for the move.