Las Vegas Raiders take field for first time at Allegiant Stadium

Posted at 9:03 PM, Aug 21, 2020

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — It's been a long time coming for Raider Nation and Las Vegas, but Allegiant Stadium is finally open.

The Raiders stepped inside their shiny, new $1.9 billion home Friday ahead of a team scrimmage.

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"Unbelievable," said quarterback David Carr. "As soon as [you walk] in here, your jaw drops. This is the nicest stadium I've [seen] in my life."

Owner Mark Davis led the Raiders into their new era standing from a podium in the north concourse.

The new 'eternal flame' and the Las Vegas Strip served as Davis' backdrop while he addressed the team.

"This is our field of dreams," said Davis. "I have three words for you: Just Win Baby."

Head coach Jon Gruden said his players were "starstruck" by the venue now nicknamed 'The Death Star.'

"The bright lights, the natural grass, in a domed stadium. If you ask me, it's the coolest place I've seen," said Gruden.

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Players were amazed by the locker room.

The stadium also includes giant screens at both ends, luxurious suites, as well as a gigantic view of the Las Vegas Strip.

Lounges, local food spots, bars lining the concourses.

The only thing missing is the fans.

Earlier this year the Raiders announced fans would not be attending games this season because of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.

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"Let's beat the virus as soon as possible," Gruden said. "The sooner we [beat it], the sooner we're [going to] have some great fun in this facility."

"Las Vegas is going to come back stronger than ever," Gruden proclaimed.

The Raiders make their Las Vegas debut on Monday night, Sept. 21 against the New Orleans Saints, and the game will be aired here on KTNV ABC 13.

Tours of the new stadium are expected to be offered later this year.