AEG Facilities To Operate Raiders’ New Las Vegas Stadium

A rendering of the new Las Vegas stadium
– A rendering of the new Las Vegas stadium

With the countdown to the Oakland Raiders’ big move nearing the one-year mark, the team has selected AEG Facilities to operate its new stadium in Las Vegas the NFL announced June 25. 

AEG Facilities will oversee the hiring and training of the stadium’s full-time staff and be responsible for planning and executing the venue’s grand opening schedule of events and activities, along with managing guest services, event operations, booking, security, ticketing, finance and human resources.
“We are honored to have the opportunity to partner with one of sports’ most recognizable, successful and iconic international brands and with a City known as the ‘sports and entertainment capital of the world’ in a Stadium destined to set new standards for the fan experience that will be created,” AEG Facilities President Bob Newman said in a statement. “The addition of the Las Vegas Stadium into our global stadia network will provide immediate opportunities to bring new high-profile events to Las Vegas to take advantage of the incredible new stadium and a City that knows how to deliver best in class experiences and events.”
The $2 billion, 65,000-seat multi-purpose domed venue is set to open in August 2020, after nearly three years of construction. A groundbreaking ceremony that mixed glitz with memories of the Route 91 Harvest tragedy was held in November 2017.
In the meantime, the Raiders continue to play at RingCentral Coliseum in Oakland, Calif. The Coliseum, which just incorporated RingCentral into its name several weeks ago, has been the home of the Raiders since 1995, and prior to that from 1966-1981.
The decision to move the Raiders came in 2017 when the team was dissatisfied with Oakland’s offers for a new stadium and Las Vegas offered the team $750 million in public funds to pay for the venue. Bank of America also gave Raiders owner Mark Davis a $650 million loan prior to the move. The decision to move the team was approved by league owners by a vote of 31-1. 
The Raiders’ relocation to Las Vegas brought up questions about gambling and the NFL, as the team’s lease agreement with the Las Vegas Stadium Authority prohibits “any gaming or gambling, the maintaining or operating of a gaming establishment and/or any sports wagering or any wagering on racing or other non-sports events,” but does not specifically block access to mobile sports betting apps by fans attending football games.
In addition to the Raiders, the Las Vegas stadium will be home to the NCAA FBS University of Nevada Las Vegas Rebels football team. When the stands aren’t filled with football fans the venue will feature concerts, collegiate championships, international sporting games, family shows, festivals and corporate and special events. 
AEG Facilities announced earlier this year it’s intentions to create a new facility management company with SMG called ASM Global.