Sunday night, while the Raiders were returning to Oakland from Denver, the team’s planned future home was under attack. A gunman opened fire on a crowd of concert goers at the Mandalay Bay Casino just across the freeway from the site where the Raiders stadium is planned.
The death toll is as of this writing is at 58, making it the largest mass shooting in US history. Hundreds more people are wounded.
The Raiders put out a statement today.
“The Raiders family is shocked and saddened by the tragedy in Las Vegas and our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, families and first responders. The heart of the Raider Nation goes out to Las Vegas.”
This is the second ‘largest mass shooting in US history’ in 16 months. The death toll in Las Vegas has already eclipsed the death toll of 49 people at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando in June of last year.
It was last offseason that the Raiders were approved to move to Las Vegas. Construction of the new stadium is slated to begin early 2018 with the hopes of it being ready to play by 2020.