LAS VEGAS, NV (CelebrityAccess) — NFL officials, celebrities, former players and Nevada politicians were on hand for the groundbreaking ceremony of the new Raiders stadium in Las Vegas on Monday.
The ceremony kicked off the construction of the new 65,000-seat domed stadium that will serve as the Raider's new home.
"Now it's real, right?" Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval said after being introduced on stage in front of an estimated crowd of more than 600 attendees.
"It will be seen around the world as a reflection of the spirit of Las Vegas: a resilient city on the rise," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell added. "This is a very significant day in the franchise's storied history and a tangible symbol of the team's future in Las Vegas."
The $1.9 billion stadium, which is being built with a $750 million contribution from Nevada taxpayers, is scheduled to open in 2020.