The Alliance of American Football will stage its first two championship games in 2019 and 2020 in Las Vegas.
The matches will be held at Sam Boyd Stadium, the home of the UNLV (University of Nevada, Las Vegas) Rebels college football team. The inaugural final will be held on April 27 at 7pm and broadcast on CBS Sports.
“Las Vegas has a proven track record of success hosting large-scale sporting events, making it an ideal destination for our championship games,” said Charlie Ebersol, the AAF co-founder and chief executive.
Thanks to the AAF’s partnership with MGM Resorts International, fans inside the stadium will be able to bet on the game via the MGM mobile app.
Ebersol said the eight-team league could have a franchise in Las Vegas one day, even though the NFL Raiders are moving to the city in 2020.
“The city has clearly demonstrated that it’s a sports city, and I think that has not been lost on us,” Ebersol said. “We’ve been overwhelmed with the number of cities that have asked us to come and bring teams to the city in the near future, so we’re looking at expansion pretty seriously right now across the country, and certainly Las Vegas is one of those cities.”