Raiders get Nevada jersey patch to celebrate Vegas debut

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Home means Nevada, especially if you’re the Raiders.

The new uniforms for the Silver and Black received an official Nevada patch to celebrate their inaugural season in Las Vegas:

Perhaps enough time has gone by, but it looks natural. The Nevada state cutout with a star to represent the team’s new home -- it fits. Allegiant Stadium is all set to go for the most part, with the “Death Star” nickname that owner Mark Davis said will be “where our opponents’ dreams come to die.”

It also blends in beautifully with the Las Vegas strip.

The team had their first scrimmage at Allegiant Stadium on Friday after spending the hot summer days at various Vegas-area parks practicing and their new facility in nearby Henderson, but this had been a long time coming.

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All four of the Raiders' preseason games have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Running back Rod Smith was the final player to return to camp after being on the COVID-19 reserve list on Monday. 

While the comfort of the new stadium will feel different than their time at the Oakland Coliseum, the team won’t be allowing fans into the stadium during the 2020 NFL season, so despite the feel of the Raider faithful being more “on top” of the players during the game, they won’t be able to appreciate that for a while.