Amid the chaos of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the city of Las Vegas has been one of the first to open back up. Although there is still much to do before the city and the country at large can get back to normal, Las Vegas is doing what they can to normalize this abnormal life.
Along those lines, the Las Vegas Raiders are in the process of moving to their new hometown. The Raiders’ new Allegiant Stadium is continuing to be constructed even during the pandemic.
The stadium is set to open before the start of the 2020 NFL Season, and appears to be on track for just that. The Raiders shared the following video on their YouTube channel, showcasing much of the interior of the stadium:
Allegiant Stadium looks to be mostly completed and should be ready to go for the Silver and Black later this year. The base for nearly every seating level appears completed while construction focuses on many fixtures around the upper terraces of the stadium.
The stadium will be a long overdue update for the Raiders after spending much of their history at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. While the Coliseum has lots of Raiders history behind it, it’s lack of consistent renovations has contributed to the franchise’s decision to relocate, both now and when the team moved to Los Angeles.
Allegiant Stadium, once completed, should also help to provide some economic stimulus to Las Vegas. Although the city has always been an incredibly popular tourist spot, the Raiders and Allegiant Stadium should further drive tourism in the city while also providing some new jobs.
Currently, Allegiant Stadium is set to open up with a Garth Brooks concert on August 22, although the scheduling of any event in 2020 could be altered due to coronavirus. Following that, the Raiders will make their debut just five days later as they take on the Arizona Cardinals in Week 3 of preseason.