Las Vegas Raiders to Play Inaugural Season Without Fans

Las Vegas Raiders fans got a sharp kick to the giblets as it was announced the team’s first season at Allegiant Stadium will be played without fans in the stands.

News about the decision was first seen in e-mails to season ticket holders.

Raiders no fans

We’re bummed, and we’re not even a sports person.

The e-mail states: “We Have Made The Difficult Decision To Play The Las Vegas Raiders 2020 Inaugural Season At Allegiant Stadium Without Fans In Attendance.”

You know it’s serious when a football team owner goes full title case.

The e-mail continued, “While the current situation is not how any of us envisioned celebrating the opening of Allegiant Stadium, when circumstances permit we look forward to sharing an unparalleled GameDay Experience in the Magnificent Stadium you helped to build.”

Allegiant Stadium

“Magnificent Stadium” would’ve actually be a great name for the stadium, actually.

Honestly, the current situation isn’t how anyone envisioned 2020. Except Bill Gates. But let’s not get bogged down in details.

While the Las Vegas Raiders news is disappointing, it’s not entirely surprising given the worldwide WTF currently in effect.

Ultimately, the news could’ve been worse, because it appears there will actually be a football season.

Wayne Newton

Odd as it is, we were also sort of looking forward to seeing this in person.

The celebration of the opening of Allegiant Stadium might be on hold, but we trust the excitement of sportball fans isn’t.

Raiders enthusiasts are sure to find ways to create their own at-home game day experiences.

And we’ll just have to wait to visit those glorious Allegiant Stadium bars and lounges.

Update (8/3/20): On the bright side, Las Vegas gets the Super Bowl in 2024. Just saying.

12 thoughts on “Las Vegas Raiders to Play Inaugural Season Without Fans

  1. Brett F.

    I agree, no surprise whatsoever. If they can actually complete a 16-game football season, sans fans, it can’t be bad for Vegas and the sports books. Baseball is effing it up, let’s hope the NFL learns from that.

  2. Mike Alexakis

    The NFL is just trying to sell that there will be a 2020 season, football is not a sport that can be safely played in a pandemic, even having a training camp is crazy. Position groups meet indoors. they are coached by older ex-players, it may look like an out of control fire drill when you watch it live, but its actually a tightly choreographed mash up of sweaty heavy breathing huge individuals… Baseball is struggling, basketball is in a “bubble”, football is a pipe dream. Just sorting out the rules about testing positive for the virus is a giant nightmare the NFL would heartily struggle with. I would demand my “Personal Seat License” cash back immediately if I was silly enough to enrich billionaires with what are essentially loans with no interest, it took an evil genius to come up with that concept, ticket scalpers and the super rich are eating some crow, deservedly if you ask me… Fantasy football players are already impossible to sit and watch a game with, imagine how crazy they will get when their star players test positive…

  3. P. T. Barnum

    Vegas, I’ve got good news and bad news. The good news: You taxpayers are paying for a brand new, spiffy stadium for a rich owner and millionaire athletes to play in. The bad news: You don’t get to attend games in the stifling heat for sky high ticket prices served with overpriced food and beer……………….Oh wait. I think I’ve got these items reversed.

  4. Chris R

    I for one hope the season goes off without a hitch…however unlikely. Take whatever precautions you need. I don’t begrudge the players for making all that money or the owners making all of theirs. If your personal stance is they are just greedy rich people that’s fine don’t go, don’t spend your money that’s your choice. Don’t blame them for making money. I for one hope the stadium is open for tours, I will gladly pay to tour another new beautiful stadium…that’s my choice.

  5. Mike Alexakis

    Perhaps posting a “joke” about Bill Gates predicting the 2020 pandemic is not a great idea. Las Vegas’s only hope that normalcy will make a 2021 comeback is a vaccine that is successful. The anti-vaccine “movement” is a thing, children have suffered and become ill with measles and other completely avoidable diseases because of distrust. This freaky conspiracy about Bill Gates and vaccines is widely believed unfortunately, even though it’s thin gruel. And with the President lying about everything under the sun, there will be tons of distrust even from mainstream thinkers. Want fans at Raiders games? Want Fremont Street to be bustling again? Hope for a safe effective vaccine that people won’t be frightened of…

  6. Jasper

    I’m a little surprised the NFL hasn’t (yet) run with White House messaging and blame China for effing up football and hotdogs.

  7. Sam

    Too bad the federal government screwed up the country’s COVID response so bad. Would have been great to have fans in the stand for football.

  8. Big L

    The NFL’s half-baked (at best) attempt at playing football in 2020 makes it impossible to put serious thought into making the annual pilgrimage to LV for the primary purpose of entering Westgate’s SuperContest and making some ill-advised futures wagers. But, considering my past SuperContest and futures record, it’s entirely possible that “serious thought” has been my downfall. Just maybe the pandemic wildcard will flip the script enough to make good picks bad and bad picks good. That’s usually how my luck runs. I’m still thinking it through at this point, but for the sake of prosperity, trying not to be too serious about it.

  9. Jasper

    Also surprising, Wilhelm, is that the the NFL is finally getting onboard with Black Lives Matter.

    The Times They Are A-Changin’

    Come mothers and fathers
    Throughout the land
    And don’t criticize
    What you can’t understand
    Your sons and your daughters
    Are beyond your command
    Your old road is rapidly agin’
    Please get out of the new one
    If you can’t lend your hand
    For the times they are a-changin’


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