Have you seen all the construction on the new Raiders stadium on Russell Road? It looks like they are working round the clock for the stadium to be ready for the 2020 football season and the team’s move to Las Vegas.
Plus Al Davis is getting a street named after him – the address of the stadium will be 3333 Al Davis Way. The original address was 5617 Dean Martin Drive – and no Dean Martin Drive is not going away. There is a small road that notches into the northeast corner of the lot which didn’t have a name. It was simply a connector road between Aldebaran Avenue and Dean Martin Drive. That connector road is now Al Davis way.
Al Davis, of course, was the Managing General Partner of the Raiders for nearly 50 years. He was an NFL pioneer and was the face of the Raiders as well as its voice and keeper of the Raider mystique. The stadium should absolutely be located on a street bearing his name.
Here is a bit of history of the soon to be Las Vegas Raiders. The team was established on January 30, 1960; 58 years ago and played their first season in 1960 in Oakland at the Alameda County Coliseum and stayed in Oakland through 1981. At that time the team moved to Los Angeles in 1982 and stayed there until 1994 when they moved back to Oakland. In 2020 they are expected to open the season in their new stadium here in Las Vegas.
The team’s first three years of operation was a little shaky with poor on-field performance, financial difficulties, and spotty attendance. In 1963 things started turning around with the introduction of head coach (and eventual owner) Al Davis. In 1967 the Raiders reached the postseason for the first time. The team would go on to win its first and only AFL Championship that year. Al Davis owned the team from 1972 until his death in 2011. Control of the franchise was then given to Al’s son Mark Davis.
In the years between 1967 and now the Raiders won 3 Super Bowls – 1976, 1980 and 1983. On March 27, 2017, NFL team owners voted nearly unanimously to approve the Raiders’ application to relocate from Oakland to Las Vegas, Nevada, in a 31-to-1 vote at the annual league meetings in Phoenix, Arizona. The Raiders plan to remain in Oakland through 2018 – and possibly 2019 – and relocate to Las Vegas in either 2019 or 2020, depending on the completion of the team’s planned new stadium.
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