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Raiders break ground on new stadium in Las Vegas

At center stage with the Las Vegas Strip in the background, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, from left, Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell turn the first earth at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Raiders Las Vegas Stadium at the Polaris Avenue site in Las Vegas on Monday, Nov. 13, 2017. CREDIT: Mark Damon/Las Vegas News Bureau

The Oakland Raiders on Monday broke ground on a 65,000-seat domed stadium in a ceremony that balanced the glitz that Las Vegas embodies and the tragedy from which it is still recovering.

Prince protegee Judith Hill opened the ceremony with a rendition of Andra Day's song "Rise Up" as police, firefighters, EMTs and other members of the local community walked through a temporary venue.

During the ceremony, fifty-eight beams of light shone behind the stage, each representing one of the victims of the Oct. 1 attack, which was the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

Longtime Las Vegas entertainer Wayne Newton, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Hall of Famer Howie Long were among the crowd that witnessed officials and team leaders turn dirt with shiny shovels emblazoned with the Raiders logo.


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