Due to a global pandemic, the Las Vegas Raiders’ fan experience was put on hold last season. However, it appears that 2021 could be a different story for the Raider Nation faithful.
COVID-19 affected every facet of day-to-day life since its outbreak and professional sports weren’t exempt. While most of the major American sports leagues such as the NFL continued to do business, it was different. The loss of fans affected the feel for the games. Cardboard cutouts just aren’t the same nor can they replace a live audience’s energy. It’s especially true for the Raiders; one of the most rabid and passionate fanbases had to watch everything from their homes. Nevertheless, there’s some good news and change could be on the horizon next season.
Will The Raiders Welcome Back Its Fans In 2021?
Vincent Bonsignore of the Las Vegas Review-Journal recently helped shed light on how the fan experience might return. Via MGM Resorts President and CEO Bill Hornbuckle, there have been some dealings in trying to get Raider Nation into Allegiant Stadium.
“I know this fall we’ll have a full stadium for the Raiders. The governor is working on it. I think very soon we’ll begin to see the next stage.”
Hornbuckle commented in Bonsignore’s article that Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak is actively working with his company on the matter. The CEO is hard at work trying to make sure that the state-of-the-art facility opens up at full capacity by July. He also alluded to the fact that a lot hinges on current trends with regards to the pandemic. The vaccine is slowly becoming widely available as we move forward but caution should still be exercised. If indeed things stay the course, Raider Nation could indeed end up filling the seats of Allegiant Stadium next season.
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