KCBS_740 RENO, Nev. (AP) — Thursday could potentially be a big day for two Oakland sports teams in search of new stadiums.

Sen. Harry Reid says he’s a big fan of efforts to lure the NFL’s Raiders to Las Vegas but is keeping mum on whether he thinks taxpayers should help foot the bill for a new football stadium.

A Southern Nevada Tourism group will meet Thursday to consider the proposal that would increase a hotel and motel room tax to help fund the tourism-related projects in Las Vegas.

That money could be used to develop a 65,000-seat domed stadium for the Oakland Raiders.

Reid, a Democrat, says there’s no federal money involved in plans to build the domed stadium.

But, Reid told reporters in Reno Tuesday pro football would be good for Vegas and “it would be great” if it was the Raiders.

An ex-boxer and avid baseball fan, Reid says he plans to attend one of the new NHL team’s hockey games in Las Vegas, “as soon as I learn the rules.”

While that’s going on in Nevada, Oakland A’s co-owner John Fisher is expected to join officials for a hush-hush tour of the Port of Oakland’s Howard Terminal.

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaff has been pushing the Howard Terminal as “a fantastic site for a ballpark.”

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