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Las Vegas Raiders to play Seahawks in COVID era preseason game

The Raiders welcome the Seahawks as COVID spreads in Las Vegas.
Posted at 6:43 AM, Aug 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-14 23:06:52-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The Las Vegas Raiders will play in front of fans at Allegiant Stadium for the first time Saturday when the team takes on the Seattle Seahawks in a preseason match-up.

Thousands of fans are expected to fill the stadium, 65,000 is the reported football capacity, and see their team on the field after being locked out for the entire 2020-21 season due to COVID-19 safety protocols.

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The highly contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus has driven the latest surge in cases in Clark County, and the current test positivity of 15.1% remains well above the level the World Health Organization considers the virus under control.

Gov. Steve Sisolak has said he has no interest in implementing more business closure or capacity limit mandates. He instead has urged people to get vaccinated to reduce transmission and hospitalization rates.

Masks will be mandated at Allegiant Stadium for the Raiders preseason game, and Sisolak acknowledged too many people removed their masks at the stadium's first major sporting event when the US bested Mexico in the Gold Cup finals earlier this month.

Sisolak urged people to wear masks at all large gatherings until the virus can be brought under control.