Even before it opens to fans, Allegiant Stadium, the new home of the Las Vegas Raiders, is getting plenty of attention. But what else would you expect for a glitzy new venue right off the Las Vegas Strip?
The Raiders moved in for the 2020 NFL season after a long, protracted goodbye from Oakland and the outdated Oakland Coliseum, and though seems like the wait will be worth it.
Allegiant Stadium seems like the ideal home for one of the league’s most popular franchises — with its facade decked out all in black, it has already earned the nickname “The Death Star.” Yet its exterior light ribbons make the building fit in with the flashy lights of all the casinos located across Interstate 15.
It will also boast features such as a transparent roof, a natural grass field that can roll in and out of the stadium, a retractable window that offers views of the Strip and a large torch that lights up for games in honor of the Raiders’ late owner, Al Davis.
The new building is a welcome addition to a sports scene that has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years, ever since Vegas received its first major sports franchise — the NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights, which moved into T-Mobile Arena in 2017. Allegiant Stadium is about half a mile away, across the freeway from the Mandalay Bay.
In addition to the Raiders, the stadium will serve as the new home for the UNLV Rebels football team and the Pac-12 football championship game.
The annual Las Vegas Bowl will get an upgrade in both venue and stature; with its move from the much smaller Sam Boyd Stadium, it will move up in the tier of bowl games.
Look out for our full guide to Allegiant Stadium after the facility opens to fans.
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