Las Vegas, Raiders named finalists for NFL Draft

A new rendering of the Raider's stadium was shown at a meeting on Aug. 17, 2017. (Eric Hilt/FOX5)

The Raiders announced the professional football organization and the city of Las Vegas have a chance to host the NFL Draft in 2019 or 2020.

In a statement released Thursday, The Raiders confirmed the NFL team and Las Vegas were selected as one of five finalists to host the major sporting event.

The National Football League will review bids from the selected clubs and host cities before announcing which two sites have been chosen at a league meeting in May.

Construction on the new 65,000-seat stadium where the Raiders will play in Las Vegas was slated to be completed by June 2020.

The 65,000 seat stadium is expected to be finished by June 2020.

Raiders President Marc Badain made the announcement at Thursday's Stadium Authority Board meeting. After the meeting he detailed what goes into a bid for the draft.

"They have hotel requirements, which obviously we'll be able to make here, volunteer requirements, venue requirements," Badain explained. "There's a lot of information. They have one of the best event departments in the world at the NFL, and they've put on a lot of these events."

Also at the meeting, board members approved more documents regarding the soon-to-be-built stadium as the board nears another deadline. Members said they wanted to have everything finished by Thursday's meeting, but instead extended the deadline to Mar. 1.

One of the issues the board members said they hope to address at the Mar. 1 meeting is parking, something that's had people across the county concerned.

"I can't express how important i think this is that we get it worked out," board member Tito Tiberti said, noting that people have come up to him asking about the parking problem. The 62-acre stadium site has room for about 2,300 parking spaces, but Clark County code requires the stadium has more than 16,000."

Badain said the Raiders will present a parking solution at the next meeting.

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