LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — The Raiders officially became the Las Vegas Raiders on Wednesday, Jan. 22.
At a press conference with Gov. Steve Sisolak and team owner Mark Davis in attendance, the Raiders finalized what’s been in the making for nearly three years.
Sisolak commemorated the day by proclaiming Jan. 22 as Las Vegas Raiders Day in Nevada.
The Raiders organization has already immersed themselves in philanthropic initiatives around the Las Vegas community, and Davis announced at the briefing Tuesday that the team would be doing even more.
“Today, we want to make a donation to the Nevada Department of Agriculture meal service program, which feeds kids lunch and breakfast at the schools. We are hoping to eliminate the debt that the entire state of Nevada has to do that project, and in that regard, we are donating $500,000 to the program,” he said.
These funds will be allocated through the Nevada Community Foundation. The donation will help families who cannot afford to pay for their children’s school meals and help alleviate the debt that is accrued at the school level.
The team began playing in the American Football League in 1960 and has spent the last 51 years in the National Football League.
The Raiders have won an American Football League Championship, four American Football Conference Championships, participated in five Super Bowls, played in 14 Championship games, won or tied for 17 Division Championships and had 22 playoff seasons.
With an appearance in Super Bowl XXXVII, the Raiders were the first team in NFL history to play in Super Bowls of four different decades.
In Las Vegas, the Raiders will have their training and business operations headquartered in Henderson and play their home games at Allegiant Stadium, which officials say is on track to open in July 31.
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