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#RaidersAuthority: Groundbreaking for Las Vegas stadium happening today

The official groundbreaking at the Raiders stadium site in Las Vegas. (KSNV)

The groundbreaking for the Las Vegas Raiders stadium took place Monday evening and there was a little surprise leading up to this event over the weekend.

The official start of construction of the site, located near I-15 and Russell Road, was set for 5 p.m.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell himself praised Nevada and what's to come.

"It's the get it done state. And that's the attitude of people here in Las Vegas, that will help raise the bar for sports and entertainment experiences and make this stadium the place to be,” said Goodell.

Festivities for the groundbreaking actually started on Sunday. A mock field was rolled out onto the site, representing where the actual turf field will be located.

The field is estimated to cost $1.9 billion, with $750 million from room taxes accounting as the public's contribution to the financing.

The Raiders are investing $500 million and getting a $650 million loan from Bank of America. The team is hoping to have the stadium ready in time for the 2020 season.


FAITH JESSIE - RAIDERS FANS' EXCITEMENT FOR TEAM'S MOVE, STADIUM

There is no fan base like the Raider Nation. Many fans took to the stadium site early Monday morning, tailgating outside of the groundbreaking event.

"Once you're a Raider fan, a true Raider fan, no matter where they go, they went from Oakland to Las Vegas, back to Oakland ... Now they are going to be here in Las Vegas, true Raiders fans will follow the Raiders no matter where they go," said fan Ralph Martinez.

JEFF GILLAN - RAIDERS' ECONOMIC IMPACT ON LAS VEGAS

The ground is broken and now we all hope the money will follow. Las Vegas and Nevada are making a big bet that joining the NFL will be a Super Bowl-sized payoff for our local economy. Here's what the city hopes will happen: an annual economic jolt of $620 million a year, spread all over the local economy.

The new stadium will also bring plenty of jobs to the valley. Estimates say there will be about 18,700 construction jobs and 6,000 permanent jobs.

"You're going to have the economic impact of the wages - the jobs for all those folks coming in here that previously weren't working and they're just going to recycle that money back into our economy," said Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak.


GERARD RAMALHO - GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY

Many local dignitaries and figures within the NFL community attended Monday night's groundbreaking ceremony.

It was a major production the governor called it a tranformative time for Las Vegas and over the coming months, we're going to being to see the empty lot transform into what they say will be one of the best stadiums in the world.


AMBER DIXON - NFL PLAYERS' REACTIONS AND ATHLETE IMPACT

Over the years, there have been countless efforts to build a football stadium in Las Vegas and on a day that Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman proclaimed, “Las Vegas Raiders Day”, the ground was broken for a new NFL stadium.

Historically, the Raiders organization has embodied a renegade, rebel-type of character. The groundbreaking on construction of a physical stadium could also mark the groundbreaking of a new identity for the Raiders, once they're in Las Vegas.

Denver Broncos Head Coach Vance Joseph, former Kansas City fullback Christian Okoye, and retired offensive tackle Ephraim Salaam all weigh in on what it's like to play in Oakland now and what it might be like in Las Vegas.

Raider greats Napoleon Mccallum and Lincoln Kennedy gave us their thoughts about the amazing evening near the strip.


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