Raiders Would Refuse To Stay In Oakland In 2020 For Coronavirus

ALAMEDA – The Las Vegas Raiders officially rejected the option to play the 2020 season in Oakland and remain firm on the idea of ​​playing next season in Las Vegas.

A person familiar with the team’s plans said Wednesday that the Raiders notified Oakland and Alameda County authorities that they will not exercise the option that would have allowed them to contest the campaign at the Coliseum if they did not finish on time. the new stadium in Las Vegas. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not announced the decision.

The San Francisco Chronicle newspaper first reported the team’s decision.


The Raiders announced their plans to move to Las Vegas in 2017, and the NFL approved the decision that same year. The franchise has remained in Oakland for the past three years, knowing of the upcoming move, and with the option to stay in 2020 if needed.

The coronavirus pandemic has led to the closing of businesses in Nevada for 30 days. As a result, doubts arose as to whether there would be conditions to continue the construction of the $ 1.9 billion stadium without interruption.

But the construction of the stadium was classified as “essential” and will continue. The inauguration of the stadium that will be the home of the Raiders and the football team of the University of Nevada in Las Vegas, is scheduled for this summer.

In most people, COVID-19 causes mild symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially the elderly and people with other health problems, it can cause a more severe illness, including pneumonia.

Most people recover from this new coronavirus. According to the World Health Organization, people with a mild form recover in two weeks, while those with more severe diseases could take between three and six weeks.