- The Las Vegas Raiders will not have any fans in the stands for the first season in Allegiant Stadium.
- This news comes after the announcement of the first NFL stadium sportsbook being in the stadium.
- The opening ceremony for the stadium will now be next year.
LAS VEGAS – The Las Vegas Raiders will officially proceed with the first season in their new stadium without fans.
A letter was sent out to season ticket holders on Monday to inform them of the decision to not allow fans in Allegiant Stadium this season due to the coronavirus pandemic concerns.
The @Raiders make it official, emailing PSL holders that no fans will be allowed at Allegiant Stadium for games in the 2020 season. Mark Davis told me last week it was either all or none. Davis said he also wouldn’t attend games if they went with no fans. #vegas #raiders #stadium pic.twitter.com/lDbBKccMCj
— Mick Akers (@mickakers) August 3, 2020
“There is nothing more important to the Raider Organization than the health and safety of our players, coaches, staff, stadium workers and fans,” said the team in the statement. “After intensive consultation with healthcare officials and state and community leaders, we have made the difficult decision to play the Las Vegas Raiders 2020 inaugural season at Allegiant Stadium without fans in attendance. This decision is based on our commitment to protect the health of our fans and the entire community in response to the coronavirus pandemic affecting us all.”
The decision comes a week after the announcement of the stadium featuring the first-ever sportsbook inside an NFL stadium.
Fans will miss out on a chance to enjoy the unique land-based legal sports betting experience while in the stadium this year.
Many teams are slowly facing the harsh reality of not having fans in the stands because the NFL has left the decision up to each team. The New York Jets and New York Giants have announced they also will have an empty stadium this season.
This has ruined the hopes of celebrating the opening of the newly named Las Vegas Raiders almost $2 billion dollar stadium that was planned for the home opener during Week 2 against the New Orleans Saints.
The opening ceremony of Allegiant Stadium has been postponed and scheduled for the beginning of next season.
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