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October 22, 2018

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Las Vegas aims to host Super Bowl, NFL Draft, FIFA World Cup

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Rendering of the proposed Las Vegas Raiders Stadium.

Marc Badain brought quite a bit of hope with him to today’s meeting of the Las Vegas Stadium Authority board.

The Raiders president spoke for just two minutes, but he laid out more specifics on the team’s efforts to attract the Super Bowl, NFL Draft and FIFA World Cup to Las Vegas within the next decade.

The Raiders are working with the NFL to bring the Super Bowl and the league’s draft to Las Vegas within the next seven years. Badain said the draft could be conducted in Las Vegas as early as 2019 or 2020, while the team is shooting for a Super Bowl in either 2024 or 2025.

Badain also said he and board Chairman Steve Hill will travel next week to Houston to participate in the second round of bidding to host a site for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

Las Vegas is one of 25 American cities under consideration to be included in the unified North American bid to host soccer’s crown jewel. The final bid will include 12 to 16 North American cities and will be submitted to FIFA, the sport’s governing body, in March.

The Raiders stadium project is expected to be completed by July 2020, in time for the team to play that NFL season in Las Vegas. The $1.9 billion effort will officially break ground with a Monday ceremony at the stadium site near Interstate 15 and Russell Road.