Football, like the rest of the sports world, is under a great amount of uncertainty. It has not been announced that the start of the season is delayed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Many NFL executives are operating under the expectation that the NFL is going to start on time.
If this is the case, the Raiders might be without a home for the start of the season, as multiple construction workers for Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas have been infected with the Coronavirus which may cause construction delays.
Allegiant Stadium is expected to be ready by the start of the season, but in the event that the stadium doesn’t open on time, multiple NFL-caliber stadiums could host the Raiders in the meantime.
Sam Boyd Stadium (Las Vegas)
The most obvious option for the Raiders would be to stay in Las Vegas. They could do so by renting Sam Boyd Stadium which previously hosted the University of Las Vegas football team. Sam Boyd Stadium could hold around 37,000 fans. This is the ideal temporary home for the Raiders because they wouldn’t have to move cities.
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (Los Angeles)
With the Los Angeles Rams moving to brand new So-fi, the Colisseum is only currently hosting the USC trojans. The Raiders previously played in the Colisseum when they played in Los Angeles from 1982-1994. The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum could hold around 78,000 fans. Members of the Los Angeles Raider Nation would be the most happy with the Coliseum as a temporary home due to the Raider’s large fanbase in Southern California. It is unlikely that the NFL would allow three teams in Los Angeles at once but it’s still fun to think about the Raiders playing in Los Angeles for one last time.
SDCCU Stadium (San Diego)
SDCCU Stadium was the home of the Chargers before they moved to Los Angeles. The stadium is currently being used for the San Diego State football team. SDCCU Stadium could hold around 70,000 fans. This would be a viable option because it is an NFL-caliber stadium that is not currently in use. This move will create a scenario where the Chargers would be playing the Raiders in San Diego as visitors which would certainly please football fans in San Diego.
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