Las Vegas Raiders Look into Backup Plan for Home Games

Allegiant Stadium Las VegasWith the coronavirus pandemic still causing a lot of uncertainty around the world, especially in the city of Las Vegas, the Raiders are eyeing backup plans in case the outbreak interferes with Allegiant Stadium’s July completion date.

It makes sense that the team would want to cover their bases, especially when there’s really no telling what could happen next. Just two days ago, a second Allegiant Stadium worker tested positive for COVID-19. Construction, however, is carrying on.

According to a report by Forbes, the Las Vegas Raiders are possibly looking into playing some of their games at Sam Boyd Stadium. They’re even thinking about out-of-state road options for places to play, with El Paso or San Antonio, Texas as could-be options.

In fact, an NFL insider said that the team might be playing their first few games of the regular season on the road.

The stadium is set to be complete by July 31.

As of now, there is no indication that construction will be halted due to the coronavirus outbreak, and the construction industry as a whole has been deemed as an essential business during the statewide closures of casinos and nonessential businesses.

Construction Still Carrying On in Clark County and Across the Country

While there have been a few cases of COVID-19 workers recently, namely three Resorts World Las Vegas workers and two Allegiant Stadium workers, the construction industry has been one of the least affected industries.

Many health industry experts say it’s because the construction sector is typically an outside business.

With outside work and contact, airborne particles dissipate much more easily as compared with indoor spaces. That means the virus is less likely to spread among individuals when they’re outdoors.

But, while it’s business as usual for those in the construction industry, preventative policies and procedures have been implemented to fight the further spread of the virus.

Some of those policies include health wellness checks on workers at the start of their shift, social distance guidelines of six feet of space between workers at all times, hand-washing stations in various areas around the job site, and limited meetings with no more than 10 people gathered at once.

About Allegiant Stadium

Allegiant Stadium is a domed stadium being constructed for the Las Vegas Raiders, serving as their home stadium, as well as an entertainment venue for musical concerts and other events. It’s the first stadium of its kind in Las Vegas, Nevada. The total cost of the project is close to $2 billion.

Raiders Owner Mark Davis to Host Dinner for 12k at Allegiant Stadium

Early Construction on Allegiant StadiumOn Monday, Las Vegas Raiders owner Mark Davis said he’ll be treating the entire Allegiant Stadium construction crew to dinner upon the stadium’s completion, which is scheduled to be done on July 31.

Davis’ generous offer to throw this massive dinner party is to show the hard-working crew, and their loved ones, the extent of the team’s gratitude for all of their efforts in making the $1.9 billion-stadium a reality.

“I can tell you, the first thing that I promised to have happen, is I’m going to feed all the workers and a plus-one a steak dinner on the floor of that stadium,” Davis can be heard saying in an upcoming episode of PodKats! which airs next Monday. “Now, the amount of people that we have, it may take two or three steak dinners, because I think we’re up to like 12,000 people.

“But I promised that to them, and I’m going to follow through. We’ve served them a bunch of lunches, and I told them, ‘You get this thing done, you’re getting a steak dinner.’”

The steak-appreciation dinner will be held after completion of the stadium is through, and right before the stadium’s first concert. The Garth Brooks stadium tour will be the first concert held at the stadium on August 22, 2020.

Allegiant Stadium Construction

Construction on Allegiant Stadium began on November 13, 2017. The July 2020 completion date is a “substantial completion” date, which means that certain elements of the stadium won’t be fully finished, but enough work will be done to allow the stadium to host football games, concerts and other types of events.

The laborers and subcontracting firms who have been working diligently on the massive project over the past two years are a diverse, local group. More than 70% of the companies employed on the project are from Nevada.

The 65,000-seat indoor stadium has employed nearly 2,000 construction workers to get the project completed since 2017.

Scheduled Completion Date on Track

In January, Don Webb, an executive for the Raiders subsidiary that’s in charge of building the state-of-the-art stadium, gave the Las Vegas Stadium Authority board that the football stadium will be finished on time.

Webb, the chief operating officer of StadCo, which serves as the subsidiary supervising general contractor Mortenson-McCarthy Joint Ventures, says the company has been late on any opening-day deadlines.

“Mortenson has extensive experience in constructing major sports and entertainment facilities. U.S. Bank Stadium, where the Vikings call home. SunTrust Park, home of the Atlanta Braves. Target Field. Coors Field. TCF Bank Stadium. FedEx Forum, and many other stadiums that have been successfully completed on time by them,” Webb said in a thorough explanation when explaining the delay in the stadium’s roof installation.

His presentation was convincing enough, as none of the eight Las Vegas Stadium Authority board members had any follow-up questions once he was through.

“Mortenson has never failed to complete a sports facility on time,” he said to further boost the board’s confidence. “Allegiant Stadium will not be their first failure because Allegiant Stadium will be completed on time.”

Planned Events for Allegiant Stadium

Besides being the home-game playing field for the Las Vegas Raiders, the domed-stadium will be home to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) Rebels college football team as well. There are even talks of the stadium hosting a near-future Super Bowl and a Pro Bowl.

But outside of football, Allegiant Stadium has plans to potentially host other major events in the sports entertainment realm. Those events include WrestleMania, the NCAA Final Four, USA Sevens rugby tournament, Monster Jam, UFC, international soccer matches, corporate shows and more.

The stadium will also serve as an excellent venue for concerts, musical shows, and potentially even major festivals in the future.

Are you looking forward to finally being able to take a seat at the brand new Allegiant Stadium? Let us know what you’re most excited to see happening there!

Personalized Bricks for Sale at Raiders’ Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas

Personalized Bricks on GroundNot only are the Raiders making history with their recent transition from the Oakland Raiders to the Las Vegas Raiders, Vegas’ first dedicated NFL team, but Raiders fans now have the opportunity to secure a piece of history alongside with them.

The Raiders Foundation announced on Tuesday that fans will be able to purchase a personalized brick at Allegiant Stadium, the team’s new home in Las Vegas, through the Legacy Brick Program.

The personalized bricks will be cemented right in front of the entrance where fans will walk in once the stadium officially opens its doors August 2020. The bricks are a great way to pay tribute to loved ones or your love for Raider nation, in a lasting way.

All Proceeds Benefit the Raiders Foundation

Bricks range from $850-$1500, and all proceeds will benefit the Raiders Foundation, the charitable arm of the Raiders. Every dollar that is generated through the foundation goes straight back into the community. The foundation is committed to increasing community and civic health through military support, youth development, youth sport’s initiative and growing the game of football, according to a news release.

The Raiders Foundation first major charitable act as the Las Vegas Raiders was pledging $500,000 to eliminate student meal debt across the silver state:

“Today, we want to make a donation to the Nevada Department of Agriculture meal service program, which feeds kids lunch and breakfast at the schools. We are hoping to eliminate the debt that the entire state of Nevada has to do that project, and in that regard we are donating $500,000 to the program,” said Raiders Owner Mark Davis.

On Tuesday, Raiders partnered with MGM Resorts and Clean the World to package and donate hygiene kits to homeless veterans.

The Raiders are currently scheduling elementary schools, recreation centers, and other non-profit organizations for 2020 Raiders Junior Training Camps. These are free youth football clinics facilitated by the Raiders for boys and girls ages 7-12.

Raiders Junior Training Camps emphasize education, exercise and positive choices for kids in a safe and fun environment. The Camp’s curriculum was developed so that any student can participate regardless of age, gender, ability, or experience.

Raiders Surprise Local Fan-Family with Stadium’s First Seats

On Tuesday, the Raiders also surprised fans with the first installed stadium seats in a Twitter video, as well as the family that will be calling those seats theirs this year.

The Diaz family lives in Vegas but have been loyal Raiders supporters for years. One of the family members in the video mentioned that he is a Raiders season ticket holder and has been traveling to Oakland from Vegas to see the games. Now that the Raiders are officially in Vegas, the family couldn’t be more thrilled.

The Diaz family thought they were just taking a tour of the stadium. Instead, the organization surprised them with the first seats in the house, which the Raiders say will be the same seats they will sit in this upcoming season.

They’re Officially the Las Vegas Raiders Now: And Here’s Their First Order of Business

Raiders Logo Graffiti ArtIt’s official: The Raiders officially became the Las Vegas Raiders on Wednesday, Jan. 22.

Gov. Steve Sisolak commemorated the momentous day by proclaiming Jan. 22 as Las Vegas Raiders Day in Nevada.

With Sisolak and team owner Mark Davis in attendance, the Raiders finalized what’s been in the making for nearly three years at the name change ceremony held on Wednesday. The special event was held in front of the Raider’s new home stadium, Allegiant Stadium. Sisolak gave an official proclamation to Davis at the conference to commemorate the change. Jim Plunkett, Raider’s legend, was also there in celebration.

“The Raiders were born in Oakland and played 13 seasons in (Los Angeles),” Davis said. “Both cities will always be part of our DNA. But today we begin a new chapter in our storied history. For today —  January 22, 2020 — we are now the Las Vegas Raiders.”

“And today,” Davis said, “Las Vegas officially becomes our nation’s capital.”

The crowd erupted in applause during the official announcement. Raiders players also signed Allegiant Stadium construction workers’ hard hats, and even one worker’s boots.

The Raiders are preparing to play for the first time in their new Las Vegas home this fall. Their headquarters and training facility are currently located in Henderson.

Exciting announcements were also made during the ceremony, one being that the Raiders will begin selling Las Vegas Raiders gear at the 2020 NFL Draft to kick off the change. The Raiders organization, who have already immersed themselves in philanthropic initiatives around the Las Vegas community, said the team will be doing even more.

500,000 Pledge to Eliminate Silver State’s Student Meal Debt

The Las Vegas Raiders are pledging $500,000 to eliminate student meal debt as their first big order of business. This pledge will be allocated through the Nevada Community Foundation (NCF). Schools in the state of Nevada that participate in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs will be working with the Nevada Community Foundation to eliminate any existing school meal debt.

“Today, we want to make a donation to the Nevada Department of Agriculture meal service program, which feeds kids lunch and breakfast at the schools. We are hoping to eliminate the debt that the entire state of Nevada has to do that project, and in that regard, we are donating $500,000 to the program,” Davis said.

Why Help is Needed

The National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs are federally assisted meal programs operating in public and non-profit charter schools. If a local family is unable to afford school meals and does not qualify for federal free or reduced-priced meals, the debt is accrued at the school level. The donation by the Las Vegas Raiders will narrow the gap between schools and families who are unable to pay off their student meal debts.

School Nutrition Association’s Pratt- Heavner said this of the importance of providing access to free meals:

“Providing universal free school meals would not only address this issue of unpaid meal charges, but it would recognize the fact that having a healthy meal in the middle of the day is necessary to school achievement. Hungry kids cannot learn.”

A Proud Partnership

The funds are being allocated through the Nevada Community Foundation, which is working in conjunction with the Raiders and the Nevada Department of Agriculture, administrator of the state’s National School Lunch (NSLP) and Breakfast (SBP) Programs.

Gian Brosco, President & CEO, Nevada Community Foundation, said this of the new partnership:

“We are proud to partner with the Las Vegas Raiders as the administrator of the organization’s community fund that will retire the cumulative school meal debt for eligible institutions currently participating in NSLP and SBP with the Nevada Department of Agriculture.

As the newly-minted Las Vegas Raiders begin to prepare for their arrival as the state’s first-ever NFL team, their positive influence over the Las Vegas community nly continues to grow, as evidenced by this significant gesture. We commend Mark Davis for actively seeking opportunities like this that make a real difference for Nevada students and residents.”

NFL Enthusiastic About Vegas Hosting A Future Super Bowl

Raider's Football Player Catching Ball on Football Field, Raider's LogoIt’s the most exciting year Las Vegas has ever experienced when it comes to sports, and it’s a year of firsts. First, the Oakland Raiders will be making their new home in the valley, making them Las Vegas’ very first professional football team. Secondly, Vegas will host the 2020 NFL Draft this year (April 23-25), their first time hosting the NFL Draft in the city’s history. And finally, Allegiant Stadium, the Raiders’ new $2-billion home, will officially open its doors August 2020, making it Las Vegas’ first football stadium.

NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell, said that Las Vegas’ hosting of the NFL draft will essentially serve as the Raiders’ welcome party with the league planning to “incorporate all the iconic features of this city.” Goodell said:

“This city knows how to put on big events, there’s no question about that. You have the infrastructure and it’s Super Bowl ready. You have Allegiant Stadium, which is going to be a world-class stadium that will be our stage ultimately. You have everything here.”

NFL Draft Predicted to Bring Substantial Economic Impact

Jeremy Aguero, a principal analyst with Applied Analysis, says that since Las Vegas has never hosted the NFL Draft before, it’s tough to really say the kind of impact it will have on the local economy. But, when factoring in information from last year’s host city, Nashville, it’s becomes easier to predict an outcome.

According to Aguero, that outcome looks positive. This is largely considering the fact that Vegas is a hot location, and one that’s able to accommodate and entertain the large crowd the NFL Draft will undoubtedly bring:

 “When you think about what the draft did in Nashville, about 600,000 people, and you see some of the other markets it’s been in, our expectation is Las Vegas has a good opportunity to beat some of those numbers, and that economic impact would be pretty substantial for the community.

“Not only are we superior to other locations, and I don’t mean that in any derogatory way, but we have more hotel rooms, access is easier here, we have a lot of entertainment options, we’re going to draw people to the event, we believe. And, in addition to that, every visitor that comes to Las Vegas spends more than $800 per person, per trip.”

How Hosting the Super Bowl Could Impact the City

With the Raiders making the move to Las Vegas, it marks the beginning of a shift of seeing Vegas as strictly a “casino town” to becoming a “sports town.” With Sin City the hosting Super Bowl, which the NFL wouldn’t predict to happen for at least the next five years (due to the location of the next four Super Bowl’s already being set), would further drive the economy in substantial ways.

Las Vegas hosting the Super Bowl could successfully marry the elements of what the city has been known for, gambling, with the valley’s newly infused sports culture in major ways.

“We think sports gambling in many ways creates a lot more engagement for our fans. It’s another opportunity for them to engage with our game.

What I see now is a city that has emerged from the Strip and primarily a casino-driven town to a city that’s really quite remarkable,” Goodell said. “I think we’ll all be grateful that Mark Davis made the decision to come here.”

Las Vegas Raiders Bar & Grill is Coming to M Resort!

In less than a year, the Oakland Raiders will officially relocate to Las Vegas. They will become the second major professional sports team to begin playing in this city after the creation of the Las Vegas Golden Knights. This week, M Resort announced it was opening a Las Vegas Raiders Bar & Grill.

Las Vegas Raiders Logo

It’s clear that locals are excited about having an NFL team in their city. It will likely help to draw in thousands of new visitors every single year. Let’s look at what’s going on with this team right now.

M Resort Announces Las Vegas Raiders Bar & Grill

There’s still nearly a year before the Raiders officially begin playing in Las Vegas. Right now, however, many companies are working to gain sponsorship deals with the new team. In October, for example, the Raiders agreed to a deal with a California-based tribal casino operator.

Over the summer, the Las Vegas-based airline Allegiant secured a major partnership with the Raiders.

This airline company has been granted permission to put its name on the Raiders’ new $2 billion, 65,000 seat stadium. It’s being called ‘Allegiant Stadium,’ giving the company major exposure to football fans around the country. This week, the Raiders agreed to another major partnership.

M Resort was named the “Official Raiders Team Headquarters Hotel.” Moving forward, this will be the Raiders’ meeting place the night before major games. Specific terms of this deal have not been revealed.

Just a day after this reveal, officials within M Resort announced that a Las Vegas Raiders Bar & Grill was set to open. This bar and restaurant will be opening as part of the resort’s new role as the Official Team Headquarters.

According to Hussain Mahrous, general manager of M Resort, this bar will be open 24/7 and will be one of the premier places to watch sports in the hotel.

“It’ll be a great place to watch the Raiders,” Mahrous claims. “(The guest experience will be) elevated from going to a Raider game to being part of the Raiders family.” 

Raiders Fans Still Hoping for a Playoff Run

At the start of the 2019/2020 NFL season, not many football fans had high hopes for the Oakland Raiders. They entered the season as a serious Super Bowl betting underdog according to most sports betting sites. To the surprise of many, the Raiders have managed to pull off some major victories this season.

The Raiders started out with an impressive victory over the Denver Broncos. They fell short in their next two games before rattling off two more wins over the Colts and the Bears. Since that time, they’ve alternated between wins and losses yet still have a shot at earning a spot in the playoffs.

Oakland has a fairly easy schedule over the next seven weeks. Their biggest test will come against Kansas City. If they’re able to win at least four of their next seven games, they will almost surely earn a spot in the postseason.

If the Raiders struggle to generate wins for the rest of the season, the Steelers could take their place in the playoffs. The team’s recent victory over the LA Rams proved they’re capable of beating the top teams in the league.

The games this Sunday will give us a much better idea as to how things will play out.

Online Super Bowl Odds Are Now Available!

It’s an exciting time in the 2019/2020 NFL season right now. Every team is currently competing for their spot in the postseason. Bovada, one of the best US sports betting sites currently operating, is now offering odds on which team will win the Super Bowl.

The New England Patriots are still the betting favorites. They’re currently 8-1 this season and seem poised to enter into a championship spot. Bovada lists the Patriots’ odds at +250.

New Orleans is listed second in the betting odds. This team is also performing great this year. If they get past the Buccaneers this weekend, the team’s current odds of +650 may increase.

The Raiders are currently given odds of +6600 to win the 2020 Super Bowl. As we’ve already mentioned, the team has a legitimate road to the playoffs. A bet on this team would pay off massively if they manage to win the championship.

The Las Vegas Raiders Bar & Grill will soon open at M Resorts. If you’re in Las Vegas, make sure to check this new venue out!