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Las Vegas Raiders Nation Cantina opens on Boulder Highway

Posted at 1:08 PM, Aug 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-28 16:08:44-04

El Poderoso transformed into Las Vegas Raider Nation Cantina Saturday -- a place for many fans to call home.

Fans are hoping the NFL stadium deal moves forward and brings their team to Las Vegas.

"They're ready. We've been ready and we love the Raiders and we're so excited, it's like a dream come true," said Tony Curiel of Sin City Raiders. "They're coming."

Legislators still need to approve the building of a new stadium, of course.

A vice president with the Sands Corporation was at the party Saturday and Andy Abboud said its so important to show those decision makers what kind of support there is for a team.

He called it a free stadium for the city -- saying the whole thing will be paid for by the Raiders, the Sands Corporation and a hotel room tax for tourists.

"This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be clear," Abboud said. "If we don't approve this stadium this fall, we'll probably lose the opportunity for the NFL to come to Las Vegas in our lifetime."

But what will the bar owners do if the Raiders do if the team doesn't move to Las Vegas? They said they'll still be there near Boulder Highway and Twain Avenue for Raiders fans for years to come, such as Saturday's preseason game.