The man who politically endorsed the Raiders’ stadium funding law among fans at the Raiders’ draft night on Thursday


By Alan Snel of

There were hundreds of Raiders fans from all walks of life lounging around Drai’s beach and nightclub next to the site of the NFL Draft here in Las Vegas on Thursday.

LVCVA top guy Steve Hill was there. Just like the AJ Cole III of the Raiders. And there were plenty of fans, including a guy who poses as “Senor” wearing a Raiders sombrero.

But there was a man there who paved the political way for the Raiders to come to Las Vegas.

He was the one who signed the bill in 2016 authorizing the collection of tax revenue from hotel rooms that pay for Southern Nevada’s $750 million public contribution to help build the Raiders’ Allegiant Stadium.

Drai’s revelers have former Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval to thank for signing the Raiders’ stadium bill into law and having an NFL team based in the Las Vegas market.

Sandoval has told in the past that the Southern Nevada market needs a stadium the size of the Raiders’ venue. He thought it was the missing link for the Las Vegas metro economy and believed the $750 million public contribution — the largest public grant for an NFL stadium from a single funding source. – was justified.

The Raiders didn’t have a first-round pick.

But fans still packed Drai to party.

Speaking of the fans and the messy atmosphere, photographer J. Tyge O’Donnell captured some great footage. Looked:

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