Politicians help Raiders explore Reno as an offseason option

RENO — A well-recognized face greeted Oakland Raiders President Marc Badain when he walked off the college bus parked in entrance of Wooster Excessive College on Thursday.


It wasn’t Raiders coach Jon Gruden, who’s nicknamed after the possessed doll from the “Baby’s Play” horror motion pictures. Nevertheless it was a Chucky doll, protruding of the backpack of Wooster principal Leah Keuscher.

Badain, together with different workforce officers, Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak and Reno Mayor Hillary Shieve, spent Thursday afternoon in Reno touring potential websites for the workforce’s offseason program, which usually runs from the tip of July to mid-August.

Badain known as seeing the Chucky doll “the spotlight” of the day.

After the tour, Badain stated he desires to convey the Raiders’ coaching camp to the Reno space when the workforce formally strikes out of the Bay Space earlier than the 2020 NFL season.

“I’m dedicated to making an attempt to verify the coaching camp is in Northern Nevada,” Badain stated.

The three websites the group toured Thursday included the College of Nevada, Reno, Wooster Excessive and Hug Excessive College.

Of the three, UNR has probably the most fashionable and in depth services, together with a number of synthetic turf fields, dormitories for the gamers, coaches and workers members and rooms to accommodate greater than a dozen place group conferences the workforce holds day by day throughout every coaching camp.

Whereas Badain is about on having the Raiders in Northern Nevada, the websites explored Thursday will not be the one locations the workforce explores for its Silver State coaching floor.

Badain famous that the workforce explored about three dozen offseason camp areas within the mid-1990s earlier than deciding on Napa, California.

“Crucial factor, and what the Raiders have all the time stood for and what the Raiders will all the time be about, is ensuring that the workforce comes first,” Badain stated. “We’ll be exhaustive and have a look at every part that’s a chance. And at present was an ideal begin.”

“I’m certain there can be much more visits up right here,” Badain added.

In the event that they Raiders determine to beat spend their summer season practices in Reno, they’ll must pay for any upgrades or remodels they might need completed to satisfy the workforce’s wants.

Shieve stated that she would love for the Raiders to spend coaching camps in Reno, however wouldn’t assist utilizing native tax money on an offseason facility for the workforce.

“I received’t be supporting any tax {dollars} or room tax,” she stated.

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