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Ex-Raider, Vegas leaders drumming up support for NFL stadium

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A tour bus draped with a sign supporting the Las Vegas NFL stadium deal was on display at Thomas & Mack Center on Oct. 3, 2016. (Vince Sapienza/FOX5) A tour bus draped with a sign supporting the Las Vegas NFL stadium deal was on display at Thomas & Mack Center on Oct. 3, 2016. (Vince Sapienza/FOX5)
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Proponents of an NFL stadium in Las Vegas are trying to rally support for a plan to build it with $750 million in public money. Community leaders say the construction of a new stadium, along with the expansion of the Las Vegas Convention Center will create 14,000 new jobs and have a $1.5 billion economic impact.

Former Oakland Raider Howie Long joined leaders from the Laborers Union, Caesars Entertainment and UNLV football for a news conference on Monday.

"This is such a unique city given all the hotels and casinos and the ability to generate the kinds of funds to build a state-of-the-art facility that could be the crown jewel of the NFL," Long said. 

Hundreds of labor workers showed their support, bringing their hard hats and shovels.

"Life-changing would be a great way to describe it. Building a stadium and a convention center the size they want to do is going to put workers back into houses and give them the ability to live again," said Tommy White, representative of the Laborers International Union Local 872.

Former St. Louis Rams running back and Eldorado High School graduate Steven Jackson was in the crowd, calling a professional football team is a perfect marriage with Las Vegas.

"It brings more people to the city. When you have more tourism and more tax dollars it helps to trickle down hopefully and be used properly in the Clark County School District, where as a citizen we all agree it needs our help," Jackson said.

The event also featured a tailgate party and cheerleaders from UNLV and the Raiders.

Speakers called the stadium an important opportunity for Las Vegas.

Gov. Brian Sandoval is expected to call lawmakers into a special session this month to consider financing a stadium and convention center expansion. Steve Hill of the Governor's Office of Economic Development said supporters would need to help get the project across the finish line.

Opponents of putting hotel tax revenue toward a stadium have recently become more organized.

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