Thursday, May 3, 2018 | 2 a.m.
Most of the planning in the Raiders relocation to Southern Nevada has involved the agreement to build $1.8 billion stadium near the Strip.
But the franchise will also be calling Henderson home, as its practice facility and team headquarters will be built on a 55-acre parcel of land off St. Rose Parkway and Executive Airport Drive.
Raiders President Marc Badain said Wednesday the plans for the complex are nearly final. They have an idea of how it will look — they just want to make sure it is feasible, he explained.
“We feel pretty good about where it is,” Badain said at a Henderson Development Association mixer. “There’s a few boxes that still need to be checked, but Mark (Davis, Raiders owner) is pretty satisfied with the design.”
The land deal with Henderson will be finalized in June. They also need to hire a construction company.
When the agreement with Henderson was first announced, there was some public outcry because the city sold the land to the Raiders for $6.05 million, or half of the $12.1 million the land was appraised at.
But the $6 million discount will pay dividends, Henderson Mayor Debra March said.
“We gave a discount, but in 20 or 30 years we’re actually going to make $15 million in property tax,” March said. “The Raiders' decision to locate here is spurring other investments.”
One of those investments is “The Block,” a 103-acre mixed use project that will include hotel, residential, retail, entertainment and commercial spaces. It’s considered an ideal neighbor for the relocating NFL team’s headquarters.
“It will make the spot somewhere they (Raiders and their families) they can stay,” Badain said. “Let’s say it’s a movie theater or restaurant, they can meet their family there after practice. It’s very convenient.”
Badain said the area surrounding the practice facility is already home to several Raiders employees, as some live in Inspirada, Seven Hills and Southern Highlands, and many more are likely to move in around the area as the 2020 relocation nears.
“Where we are now in Alameda, it’s a nice place to live, but it doesn’t offer everything,” Badain said. “When you look here, you’ve got everything here within 10 to 15 minutes. This community has homes at every price range and level, and fantastic schools, for those coming from California, and dealt with these high prices and long commutes, it’s going to be a pretty good recipe for them.
“It’s 10 minutes from the stadium, close to the Henderson Municipal Airport for those who want to fly privately and close to McCarran (International Airport). It’s pretty perfect. It’s perfect.”
Badain said the facility will be built in phases, starting with one indoor and outdoor practice field, and the team’s administrative offices. Next will be a gym, medical and rehabilitation facilities, and corporate headquarters. Residential development won’t be included.
They also hope the building includes a Raiders Hall of Fame.
“We’ve wanted to do one for decades,” Badain said. “What you see at the preview center is sort of a tease. It will teach people about the history of the organization, players, coaches and games that we’ve been a part of. All of the hall of famers. We have one of the more robust histories in the NFL … and we need someplace to display all that.”