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The soon-to-be Las Vegas Raiders are feeling more like they’re at home.

Monday’s groundbreaking on the team’s headquarters and practice facility in Henderson was another major step in that direction. There will be three outdoor practice fields with both natural grass and artificial turf along with two indoor practice fields.

“It’s the finest facility for our players and a source of pride for our players and our community,” Raiders president Marc Badain said at the ceremony, which was attended by numerous city of Henderson officials. “We’re excited about the growth and transformation of this area and we’re proud to be a part of it.”

The headquarters, which are located adjacent to Henderson Executive Airport off St. Rose Parkway, is expected to be completed in time for the team’s training camp in July 2020. The facility is 302,000 square feet over 55 acres and is expected to cost more than $75 million to construct.

According to Badain, 25 team employees have relocated to Southern Nevada with all but one residing in Henderson. He anticipated 250 permanent jobs to be created with the move to the facility.

Meanwhile, construction continues on the team’s 65,000-seat, $1.8 billion stadium off Russell Road near Interstate 15. The stadium, which will have a fixed closed roof, is scheduled to open in time for the 2020 season.

As for where the Raiders will play their home games in 2019, that remains shrouded in mystery. Last month, the team withdrew its offer to play one final year at the Oakland Coliseum after city officials there sued the team and the NFL.

The Raiders are exploring a plethora of options, including remaining in the Bay Area, playing in Southern California, moving to another state and even playing all their games in London at White Hart Lane, home of soccer club Tottenham Hotspur.

Badain has remained tight-lipped on the process and no decision has been made. The NFL has said it needs an answer by next month so it can finalize the 2019 schedule.

Meanwhile, the Raiders at least know what the future holds for them in 2020 and beyond. To that end, the team’s headquarters, located roughly 11 miles from the stadium, will provide the players, coaches and administrative staff a sense of stability. Badain said the facility will be state-of-the-art and have every amenity a player could want.

“While the stadium gets most of the attention, it’s where the memories are made on the field and where millions around the world watch their heroes perform, this right here is our home,” he said.

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Steve Carp is a six-time Nevada Sportswriter of the Year. A 30-year veteran of the Las Vegas sports journalism scene, he covered the Vegas Golden Knights for the Las Vegas Review-Journal from 2015-2018.

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