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Raiders news: Allegiant Stadium debut delayed yet again

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Raiders’ home opener will be first event in new stadium

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There has been yet another delay in the opening of the Raiders’ pristine new home, Allegiant Stadium, just off of the Las Vegas Strip.

Country music superstar Garth Brooks has postponed his Aug. 22 sold-out concert at the stadium until February 2021. As recently as last week, Brooks said the summer show would go on as scheduled, even though that seemed highly unlikely because of the coronavirus pandemic.

With the Brooks’ show postponed, the first event at Allegiant Stadium will now be the Raiders’ Week 2 game against the New Orleans Saints on Sept. 21 in a Monday Night Football game.

Though, UNLV, which also plays in the stadium, could reschedule a game prior to that.

The Raiders’ Aug. 27 home preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals has been canceled along with the entire NFL preseason. It is unknown if any fans will be allowed in Allegiant Stadium for the Saints game. At this point, it seems unlikely. Raiders’ owner Mark Davis has said he doesn’t expect fans at Raiders game this season.

So, when Allegiant Stadium does open, it may be simply a wonderful television event. It’s not ideal, but we’ll take what we can get at this point.