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Top 10 facts and figures about Allegiant Stadium

17 August 2020

The National Football League is still on track to begin its 2020 season on schedule next month with a new stadium added to the roster. The Raiders, formerly of Oakland, have completed the move to Las Vegas and will be playing home games at the new Allegiant Stadium. As the NFL has entered training camp to prepare for the upcoming season, we take a look at some facts and figures on the new football stadium.

10. The history
The dome stadium in Las Vegas saw construction begin in November 2017. On 1 August 2020, enough of the construction and work to host football games and other events was completed with some minor work remaining.

The original plan for the stadium came in early 2016 with UNLV as the main focus. The same month, Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis saw the site where the stadium would be built. Three months after that, Davis spoke his desire to move the Raiders to Las Vegas and pledged $500 million toward the construction.

Once the Raiders signed relocation papers in January 2017, the ball got rolling and construction began on Allegiant Stadium just before the end of the year.

The name of the stadium came from the partnership the Raiders agreed to with Allegiant Travel Co., who will have naming rights for the first 30 years.

9. 21 September 2020
With the Garth Brooks Stadium Tour needing to be rescheduled to 2021, the Raiders will be the first to hold an event at the new stadium.

On 21 September, the Las Vegas Raiders will be hosting the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football. This will mark the first game or event taking place at Allegiant. This will be the second regular season game for the Raiders, the first coming against the Carolina Panthers the week prior in Carolina.

8. No fans
Even though the first event of Allegiant Stadium will be a football game, no fans will be able to take in the historic moment in person. The NFL, along with the other professional sports in the U.S., will be playing without fans for the time being. All of this due to preventing any spreading of COVID-19 and to ensure safety of players and team personnel.

The Washington Football Team has already announced that there will be no fans for their home games for the entire season. It will be a surreal sight to see that a team’s home opener in a new venue will be with a background of empty seats.

7. 65,000 seats
Going off of having no fans, those empty seats will tally up to 65,000, the capacity of Allegiant Stadium. This can be expanded to 72,000 seats for some events.

Even though it is the newest football stadium in the National Football League, Allegiant Stadium is just tied for 28th in the league for capacity.

6. 2,725 parking spaces
The new home for the Las Vegas Raiders will accompany those 65,000 seats with 2,725 on-site parking spaces.

Needless to say, but without fans in attendance those spaces won’t be utilized or occupied as much as expected in the near future. However, when fans are granted permission to return to live sporting events, these spaces will be filled.

With the amount of spaces available, it is safe to say that tailgating will be a big part once fans are back in stadiums and arenas.

5. The location
One of the bigger factors about this new stadium is the location. If you are at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip, the only thing between you and Allegiant is the highway (Interstate 15). It is a quick and easy ride from The Strip to live football.

It would be easy for Raiders fans or any football fan to go place a wager on the game at a sportsbook on The Strip and make their way over to the game. Or vice versa, go to the game and then enjoy some time on The Strip afterward.

4. 127 and 8,000
If you do end up placing a wager on The Strip maybe you’ll hit it big and want to splurge on your ticket for a Las Vegas Raiders game when fans can attend. If that’s the case, then you’d be able to enjoy one of the 127 suites available in the stadium or one of the 8,000 club seats.

People who look to rent out one of the private suites will receive 16 tickets, VIP parking passes, in-suite upscale food and beverage options available for purchase and more.

3. $1.8 billion
The cost of this greatly-anticipated venue came out to $1.8 billion. There was a minor issue in January 2017 when Sheldon Adelson pulled his $650 million contribution to the stadium after the Raiders submitted the lease proposal.

However, in March 2017, Bank of America announced they would lend the $650 million to fill the hole left from Adelson’s backing out.

2. $350 million
The $1.8 billion wasn’t the only major expense needed to get this team into a Las Vegas stadium.
In order to move his team out of Oakland and into Las Vegas, Mark Davis had to pay a relocation fee of $350 million to make it a reality.

Once that was paid, the franchise valued at $2.9 billion, according to Forbes, began making the transition to a new home.

1. Other occupants
Obviously the major headline with Allegiant Stadium is that the Las Vegas Raiders are now playing home games there. However, they aren’t the only ones calling this venue home. The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) Rebels will be playing at Allegiant as well, if there is a college football season.

If college football does happen, then the Las Vegas Bowl at Allegiant Stadium will begin this year. In a six-year deal, a Pac-12 team will play someone from either the SEC or Big Ten conference.

A Raiders home game might not even be the only NFL action that Allegiant Stadium sees. The 2021 Pro Bowl is set to take place there on 31 January 2021. With the cancellation of the preseason, it is too early to predict if that game will happen or if it will be postponed due to COVID-19 precautions.
Dan Ippolito

As Casino City's associate editor, Dan produces and edits all of our weekly newsletters, and writes about the gaming industry for our websites and the GPWA Times Magazine. Dan graduated from Marist College in 2017 with a degree in Communications and a concentration in Sports. Email him at daniel@casinocity.com, or follow him at @casinocity_dan on Twitter.
Dan Ippolito
As Casino City's associate editor, Dan produces and edits all of our weekly newsletters, and writes about the gaming industry for our websites and the GPWA Times Magazine. Dan graduated from Marist College in 2017 with a degree in Communications and a concentration in Sports. Email him at daniel@casinocity.com, or follow him at @casinocity_dan on Twitter.