Las Vegas was one of the largest cities in the United States without a major league sports team prior to the entry of the Golden Knights into the NHL. Due in part to perceived risks with legal sports betting, no major professional sports league had ever had a team in Las Vegas until the NHL decision to expand there came in June 2016. The Las Vegas Valley is now the home of three major professional teams, five minor professional teams, three amateur teams, and two college sports teams.
The Vegas Golden Knights of the National Hockey League, an expansion team that began play in the 2017–18 NHL season out of T-Mobile Arena in nearby Paradise. In 2020, the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League relocated to Las Vegas and became the Las Vegas Raiders but Allegiant Stadium is still currently under construction. In 2018, the Las Vegas Aces of the Women's National Basketball Association played their inaugural season at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.
The Raiders’ rich history began in 1960 when the City of Oakland was awarded a franchise in the American Football League. One of the most recognizable brands in professional sports, the Raiders' permanent relocation to Southern Nevada became official when in January of this year (2020) they officially became the Las Vegas Raiders. In conjunction with their arrival, Allegiant Stadium will open its doors adjacent to the Las Vegas Strip, and become one of the most technologically advanced stadiums in the world.
Las Vegas Raiders Overview