Ve­gas venue ready to rise

The London Free Press - - SPORTS -

The Oak­land Raiders have bro­ken ground on a new sta­dium in Las Ve­gas, just across the free­way from the city’s world-fa­mous casi­nos. The cer­e­mony that marked the start of a new chap­ter for the team bal­anced the glitz that Las Ve­gas is known for and the tragedy from which it is still re­cov­er­ing. Las Ve­gas en­ter­tainer Wayne New­ton, New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots owner Robert Kraft and Hall of Famer Howie Long at­tended the event, as did po­lice, fire­fight­ers, EMTs and other mem­bers of the lo­cal com­mu­nity. Fifty-eight beams of light shone be­hind the stage, each rep­re­sent­ing one of the vic­tims of the Oct. 1 shoot­ing that rat­tled the city. The Raiders want to start the 2020 sea­son at the new 65,000-seat venue that’s be­ing par­tially funded by a tax in­crease.

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