Mark Davis is standing by Raiders fans.
If Raider Nation can't attend games at Allegiant Stadium during the team's inaugural season in Las Vegas, the Raiders owner is saying he won't be there either.
“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,” Davis told The Athletic's Vic Tafur on Saturday.
Around the NFL, teams are preparing for reduced capacity at their stadiums in wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Some teams have informed season-ticket holders that a limited number of fans will be allowed into games this season.
The Raiders have yet to make a decision on how many fans they will let into Allegiant Stadium this season.
In June, NFL owners approved a recommendation by the NFLPA to tarp off the first eight rows of seats. The measure was implemented in an attempt to protect the players. But Davis was the lone dissenting vote.
With the Raiders opening their new stadium, Davis wants the place full, not empty.
“It’s all or none for me,” Davis told Tafur. “Either all the fans are going to be in there or none.”
“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,” Davis added. “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.”
Davis told Tafur that the Raiders have sold out Allegiant Stadium for the inaugural season, so there is nowhere to relocate the 8,000 fans that would be displaced by the tarps on the first eight rows of seats.
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Clark County in Nevada has had 29,304 confirmed coronavirus cases and 527 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University and Medicine's data.
The NFL still has a lot to figure out before the 2020 NFL season begins. The league and the NFLPA are at odds over the health and safety protocols for the season. Players are scheduled to start reporting to training camp this week, but that could change if no agreement is reached. And while the NFL wants to reduce the preseason from four games to two games, the NFLPA prefers that no games are played.
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The Raiders are scheduled to open the 2020 season on the road against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, Sept. 13. Their first-ever regular-season game in Las Vegas is set to take place on Monday, Sept. 21 against the New Orleans Saints.
It remains to be seen if Davis and fans will be there to watch the prime time game.