Allegiant Stadium is planned to open August 2020, which means the Raiders are one step closer to calling Las Vegas home. Check in here for updates on the stadium construction and any other Las Vegas Raiders developments so you can prepare for game day and get excited for this next step in Vegas sports history.
For those not familiar with the latest news in sports, the Oakland Raiders will be starting their 2020 football season in a new home and with a slightly new name – the Las Vegas Raiders. After having two lengthy runs in Oakland, 1960-1981 and 1995-2019, the team is starting over in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Even though their reign over the Bay area has come to an end, the Raiders aren’t packing up their bags just yet. Coach Jon Gruden revealed the team’s official timeline and it looks like they’ll be in Northern California for the upcoming months. Gruden reported that the Las Vegas Raiders will play out their off-season program in Oakland, move over to Napa for training camp, and finally travel to Sin City after training camp ends. When they arrive, the Black and Silver will start their next journey as Vegas’ football team and mark themselves as the first ever NFL team to touchdown at Allegiant Stadium.
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Not only did Vegas take on its own NFL team this year, it also took on the massive undertaking of building a stadium to house their newest team. Allegiant, one of Vegas’ airports, partnered with the Raiders to make this move happen and from there, Allegiant Stadium was born. The partnership couldn’t be more fitting—Las Vegas’ hometown airline joining forces with the new hometown team.
While the Las Vegas Raiders prepare to make their final move home, the construction of Allegiant Stadium is well underway and expected to be complete in August 2020. If you’re curious what it looks like throughout the various stages of construction, you can easily take a look at the Las Vegas Raiders stadium cam to see the latest live construction shot.
As far as architecture, Allegiant Stadium will no doubt blow Las Vegas Raiders fans away. The dome-shaped stadium is a whopping 1.75 million square feet of pure state-of-the-art design. There are 65,000 seats along with a retractable turf field, operable walls that open to views of the Strip, and premium spaces throughout all levels. Outside of the stadium visitors can expect to see tailgating amenities, parking, and a mixed-use commercial development.
The Las Vegas Raiders will also have their own special facility off St. Rose Parkway to move into once they arrive in the city. Without including the stadium itself, the Raiders’ facility has been reported to cost $75 million. It appears that the investment was well worth it when you consider the 135,000-square-foot office area, 150,000-square-foot field house, and the 50,000-square-foot Intermountain Healthcare Performance Center.
As if that weren’t impressive enough, the headquarters will feature a cafe, 150-seat theater, Raider Image retail store, and memorabilia space with Super Bowl trophies on display. The Al Davis Memorial Torch from the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum will also be on display.
Overall, Allegiant Stadium is shaping up to be a one-of-a-kind attraction that will properly welcome the Las Vegas Raiders home, as well as bring world-class entertainment to Sin City locals and people across the globe.
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As we prepare for the grand opening, stay updated on important dates related to the team and their road to becoming the Las Vegas Raiders. Here is a general timeline to follow throughout the upcoming months.
March 18: The 2020 League Year and NFL Free Agency period begins. The Las Vegas Raiders are rumored to have an eye on New England Patriots quarterback, Tom Brady.
May 19-20: The league’s spring meetings are in Marina Del Ray, California. Historically, this event is when the next round of Super Bowl host cities are announced. The Raiders are looking to host the next available slot, the 2025 Super Bowl.
April 23-25: Las Vegas will serve as the host city for the NFL draft. The player announcements and draft will be at the Caesars Forum convention center that is projected to be completed this spring. Draft prospects will walk the red carpet stage being built over the Fountains of Bellagio, and then be transported down Flamingo Road to the draft area.
July 31: Allegiant Stadium is scheduled for substantial completion.
Aug. 29: A college football game featuring UNLV against the Pac-12 for California will mark the Allegiant’s first ever scheduled event.
Sept. 13-14: The opening weekend for the NFL season begins. The Las Vegas Raiders are expected to play at home either on Sunday night or Monday night during Week 1.
Although it’s a bittersweet time for Oakland as they lose their beloved Raiders, 2020 is set to be an exciting year for Sin City and their newest home team, the Las Vegas Raiders. Book your room or suite at the D Las Vegas and get ready to experience NFL football like never before at the Allegiant Stadium!