LAS VEGAS, Nev. (KOLO)-- The Oakland Raiders are now officially the Las Vegas Raiders.
The professional football team announced its formal name change Wednesday. Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak proclaimed Jan. 22 as Las Vegas Raiders Day in Nevada.
The team set up their headquarters and training facility in Henderson and will play their football games at the south end of the Las Vegas Strip in Allegiant Stadium, which is scheduled to be finished this year. Allegiant Stadium will hold 65,000 people and will be climate-controlled. Play in the new stadium is scheduled to start in the pre-season.
The stadium will host also have concerts and sporting events such as the Pac-12 Championship Game and the Las Vegas Bowl, as well as become the future home of University of Nevada, Las Vegas football.
The National Football League approved the move from Oakland to Las Vegas in 2017 on a 31-1 vote.
Raiders owner Mark Davis, son of long-time Raiders partner Al Davis, announced a $500,000 donation to the entire Nevada school lunch program to eliminate all of the family debt.
The Raiders started in the American Football League in 1960. Past Nevadans with connections to the team include University of Nevada, Reno running back Frank Hawkins and Don Manoukian, a long-time Nevada businessman and former professional wrestler who was a guard for the AFL Raiders. Other Raiders retired and moved to Nevada.
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