As NFL training camps are getting ready to begin and the season nears, it is looking more and more every day like fans will not be in attendance this fall at NFL games. In fact, some cities, like Philadelphia have already placed a ban on fans in the stadium this season. Most have yet to officially make that call, including Las Vegas and the Raiders.
In a recent interview with the Athletic, Raiders owner Mark Davis claimed he would suffer the same fate as the fans. He won't be there if they aren't allowed to be.
“I won’t go if the fans can’t go, and the way it looks right now there won’t be any fans at our games.”- Mark Davis, Las Vegas Raiders owner
Furthermore, Davis doubled down when asked about the potential of allowing a limited number of fans in the stadium.
“I can’t tell one fan that they can’t go to the inaugural opening game in a stadium that they helped to build through their PSLs. I won’t tell them that they can’t go but the rest of these guys can … and oh, by the way, don’t worry about it because we’ll be able to advertise on your seats.”- Mark Davis
Davis and the Raiders need to fill seats maybe more than any team in the NFL this season, having built a brand-new massive stadium in the team's new Las Vegas home. Health and safety for the players, coaches, team employees and anyone else involved in these games needs to be the top priority, however, which means filling the seats is likely going to be an impossible task.
That's going to sting for Raiders fans who were excited to see their team in the new stadium this year, but at least they can take some comfort in knowing that even the team's owner is in the same boat that they are.
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