UPDATE: The Raiders are calling it their field of dreams, and they are officially building it in the shadow of the Las Vegas Strip.
Owner Mark Davis was flanked by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval as they sunk their Raider-logo shovels in the dirt on stage to mark the official start of construction on the Las Vegas Stadium.
“We are breaking ground on the most magnificent stadium right here in the entertainment capital of the world,” Raiders owner Mark Davis said.
The governor and commissioner both commenting on the backdrop for the ceremony, which highlighted the Las Vegas Strip in all its glory.
“Only in Vegas can you turn a groundbreaking ceremony into a show,” Goodell said.
“I don’t think there is a better backdrop in America or the world,” Sandoval said.
That view also featured 58 beams of light to honor those killed in the 1 October attack.
Davis spending about half his time on stage addressing the response of everyone in the city to the attack and promising the Raiders were standing strong with Las Vegas.
“The Raiders are proud and honored to be joining such a special team, Davis said. “For together we are Vegas Strong.”
County Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak also praising the Raiders willingness to help in the wake of the tragedy saying the team’s owner and president were among the first to call offering help.
Also in the crowd were members of the Laborers Local 872, who have been among the most vocal supporters of the $1.9 billion stadium project.
The project is expected to create 8,000 full-time jobs.
Many of those jobs represented in construction positions the union is already working to get members ready for.
"Even the ones we've trained to prepare for the stadium have gone out to work, so this is really good for the industry," Tommy White, Treasurer-Secretary of Local 872 said.
The fight is still going on over who will be employed on the stadium project with many calling for large minority hiring requirements.
The latest proposal calls for a 38 percent minority hiring requirement during construction and 55 percent requirement when the stadium is operational.
Governor Sandoval says he is constantly monitoring the talks surrounding that deal as well as the joint-use agreement between the Raiders and UNLV.
"It has to be meaningful; I mean that was part of the deal," Sandoval said.
The governor added he is confident they will reach a fair deal.
The Raiders are hoping to have the stadium completed in July of 2020.
The team’s president and the chairman of the Las Vegas Stadium Authority are heading to Houston Tuesday to make a pitch for Las Vegas to be one of the host cities for the 2026 World Cup.
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But the Raiders are yet to reach crucial agreements for the $1.9 billion project and now could lose millions under the tax reform bill proposed by House Republicans.
The stadium's financing plan includes $750 million in publicly issued tax-exempt bonds. The Raiders and the NFL are expected to contribute $500 million, while the team has also secured a $600 million bank loan.
The Raiders' plan to relocate to Las Vegas began when NFL owners shot down their plans to move to Los Angeles.