As the Las Vegas Raiders continue working on building a championship contender, there is plenty of buzz surrounding Allegiant Stadium for the 2020 NFL season.
With the world still navigating through unchartered waters with the coronavirus (COVID-19), commissioner Roger Goodell is ‘prepared to make adjustments.’
If the season starts as scheduled, head coach Jon Gruden and company will make their Allegiant Stadium debut against the New Orleans Saints in Week 2 now.
While there is still a lot of uncertainty, the team’s home games for the inaugural season in Las Vegas have sold out, according to Vic Tafur of The Athletic:
And here is some news: Fans can get excited about the home prime-time games against New Orleans’ Drew Brees and Tampa Bay’s Tom Brady, but tickets are sold out. Not only season tickets, but all Raiders’ home tickets for shiny, new Allegiant Stadium are sold, according to league sources.
With four prime-time games, Gruden believes the Raiders have the best stadium and fans and are in the process of putting together ‘a heck of a football team’:
“I love it,” Gruden told Raiders.com. “I mean, I just love it. You don’t want to go anywhere else for prime time. I am surprised they’re not all in prime time when we play in Vegas.
“It’s the best stadium. We are going to have the best fans, And we’re in the process of putting together a heck of a football team. We have a lot of young players. … You’re going to get a chance to see some of the best quarterbacks in the world come to Vegas. Derek Carr every week. … We’re really excited.”
With home games being sold out already, ticket prices have soared on secondary markets with the average being $1,098 — which is a 527 percent increase.
Although ticket prices have increased for most teams in the league, there is no doubt the Raiders playing in a 65,000-seat arena in Las Vegas is exciting for fans.
While there will most likely be no fans in attendance to start the season, the hope is the Raiders can be competitive and bring the city together during these times.
Allegiant Stadium will officially open on Aug. 27 against the Arizona Cardinals.