The Oakland Raiders will be moving to Las Vegas after the organization received enough votes by NFL owners on Monday.
The Raiders received 31 of 32 votes, easily beating the required 24 votes needed for approval. The Miami Dolphins were the only team to vote against the move.
“My position today was that we as owners and as a league owe it to the fans to do everything we can to stay in the communities that have supported us until all options have been exhausted. I want to wish Mark Davis and the Raiders organization the best in Las Vegas,” Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said in a statement.
The Raiders will still play in Oakland for the next two years with the proposed 65,000-seat domed stadium — which will be shared with UNLV — is not expected to open until 2019-2020.
Raiders star quarterback Derek Carr tweeted out that the move left him with a lot of mixed emotions.
— Derek Carr (@derekcarrqb) March 27, 2017
The nearly $2 billion-dollar stadium is being funded through $500 million from the Raiders with another $750 million coming from public funding. Bank of America is also helping as the bank will finance the deal with a $650 million loan.
The move means that it will be the third time in franchise history that the Raiders are leaving town. The team relocated in 1982 to Los Angeles before returning to Oakland in 1995. And now they will soon be off to Las Vegas.
Monday’s news was another big score for one of the most well-known cities in the world as Las Vegas was also granted an NHL franchise.