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.
With the Garth Brooks Show rescheduled, the Raiders Sept. 21 Monday Night Football game versus the New Orleans Saints is now the earliest planned event to take place at Allegiant Stadium. Still no word on if any fans would be allowed to attend. #vegas #raiders #stadium pic.twitter.com/FQeqdzYRMp— Mick Akers (@mickakers) July 29, 2020
Though, UNLV, which also plays in the stadium, could reschedule a game prior to that.
The Garth Brooks postponement means the first event at the new stadium will be a Raiders game -- Monday Night Football Sept. 21 against the Saints. That is, unless UNLV can swing that proposed Texas Christian game into Allegiant on Aug. 29 replacing the canceled Cal game.— Rick Velotta (@RickVelotta) July 29, 2020
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.