Amid positive trends surrounding the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Las Vegas Raiders are in the news once again.
While the country is far from being ‘back to normal,’ sports and entertainment are slowly getting back to normalcy. Las Vegas is home to Allegiant Stadium, a modern marvel in the middle of a desert oasis. However, it hasn’t been properly inaugurated since its opening last year. The Silver and Black have yet to play in front of a sold-out home crowd but 2021 might be a different story. Recently, news came out that Vegas powerbroker MGM president Bill Hornbuckle and his company are making strides in the reopening effort. Well, now there’s more positive news on that front, especially for any of you soccer aficionados.
Raiders football will be back in no time…
ESPN’s U.S. soccer correspondent Jeff Carlisle covered the recent announcement that the CONCACAF will be hosting its Gold Cup final on August 1st at Allegiant Stadium. This coincides with our recent article where July appears to be the goal as far as a return to fan attendance. Historically, this will be the first time that Las Vegas hosts a Gold Cup final.
“…we know that Las Vegas and Allegiant Stadium will provide a great host city and venue for the final. The federations and their teams are looking forward to this tournament with great anticipation and it is fitting that the regional champion will be crowned in such an outstanding venue and famous city.” -CONCACAF President and FIFA Vice President Victor Montagliani
Even if you don’t care for soccer, Raider Nation should certainly rejoice with this development. Signs are certainly trending towards fans being able to enjoy their live Raiders football experience again.
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