It looks as if we can be preparing to see a full stadium for Raiders games this upcoming season. MGM Resorts president and CEO Bill Hornbuckle said yesterday that the company is working with Gov. Steve Sisolak to open Allegiant Stadium at full capacity by the fall.
“I know this fall we’ll have a full stadium for the Raiders,” Hornbuckle said. “I’m hoping by July Fourth weekend the community is in a place where we can just do what we normally do and have some fun.”
A few weeks ago, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said he expects NFL stadiums to be at full capacity for the upcoming season, so this doesn’t come as too much of a surprise.
“All of us in the NFL want to see every one of our fans back,” Goodell said. “Football is simply not the same without fans. We expect to have full stadiums in the upcoming season.”
Assuming they are able to operate at full capacity, the first major event on the stadium’s calendar is a Garth Brooks concert on July 10th.
Raiders president Marc Badain issued a statement as well, showing his optimism fans will be back in the stands this fall.
“We’ll listen to the authorities on that and the medical community,” Badain said. “Obviously, everybody wants to get back to live events both in Las Vegas and around the world.
“As soon as we get the go-ahead, our plan is to open the place up and pack it and bring people to town and have it be the economic stimulus that everybody thought it was going to be.”