Raiders Break Ground on Henderson Headquarters Construction

Current, Former Players, Team, City Leaders Excited for Raiders' Future

Jason Kobely
January 14, 2019 - 3:37 pm
Raiders Henderson groundbreaking

Paul Ihander

LAS VEGAS (KXNT) - The Raiders took another step in cementing their emerging place in the Las Vegas community Monday, breaking ground on construction of the team's new headquarters and training facility in Henderson.

At the groundbreaking ceremony, team and city officials flanked by a contingent of former and current Raiders players headed by quarterback Derek Carr, officially put shovels in the dirt on the 320,000-square-foot project located at Executive Airport Drive and St. Rose Parkway near Henderson Executive Airport.

Team president Marc Badain said despite the overwhelming attention paid to the new 65,000-seat stadium construction underway on the Las Vegas Strip, work on the Henderson headquarters is just as critical to planting the organization's new roots in Nevada.

"While the stadium gets most of the attention, this right here is our home," Badain said.

Team owner Mark Davis was not in attendence due to family matters, but in a statement, said he looked forward to the team's fresh start in the Silver State.

"The greatest of the Raiders is in its future. The future begins today right here in Henderson," Davis said. 

Henderson Mayor Debra March thanked the team for their investment in Henderson, which has already amounted to $75 million in infrastructure and construction costs. The Henderson facility will include three outdoor and 1.5 indoor football fields, a 200-seat theater and a complete training center and pool along with office space. 

"We look forward to new memories that will be made, victories both on and off the field and a culture that  can only flourish, all leading to a prosperous tomorrow," March said.

March said the team's move was also expected to result in 250 permanent full-time jobs in Henderson community.

Badain also hinted the team may eventually ask for a renaming of Executive Airport Drive once the organization settles into their new home.

"Doesn't have the right ring to it," Badain joked.

In addition to Carr, Raiders defensive tackle Justin Ellis and linebacker Tahir Whitehead were also at the ceremony. Raiders alumni present included two-time Super Bowl champion quarterback Jim Plunkett and former running back Napoleon McCallum.

The new facility was expected to be finished by spring of 2020, in time for the start of the team's first season in Las Vegas.