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The NFL schedule will be released on Thursday, May 7th at 8:00pm on NFL Network and we will finally get some answers to our most burning questions about the Las Vegas home opener and when to star booking our trips. The plan is for the NFL to release the schedule without schedule modification, meaning opening day will remain Thursday Sepetmber 10th and opening Sunday on September 13th.
As we know, this will remain fluid. The NFL has contingency plans to start the season late, moving back the Super Bowl, and playing without byes, but those official plans will likely not be released until it is known they are needed.
The one change that will be announced is that the NFL will cancel all international games. That means no game in Mexico City or London this year. With the travel restrictions and logics challenges that COVID-19 will present, this is hardly a surprise.
The schedule will be released “by May 9th”, so that likely means Friday or Saturday we will know for sure what the schedule looks like. While we wait, lets answer some of the most common questions.
When will the Raiders open Allegiant Stadium? And who will they play?
We will find out soon, but we have some guesses. The opening game is often in the division or a marquee match-up. We were leaning heavily on the Chiefs opening in Vegas before winning the Super Bowl last year, so the NFL will not likely put them on the road in week 1 and likely will open the season on Thursday in Kansas City. The Chargers also aren’t likely, as they are also opening a new stadium in 2020. That leaves Denver as one of the most obvious options to open in Vegas for Sunday Night Football or the late game on Monday Night Football.
If they go outside of the division, the Tampa Bay Buccaneer are an obvious choice. That gets Tom Brady in prime time with his new team and lets the Raiders open up Allegiant Stadium in style. If I were a betting man (and I am), this is where I would personally put all my money. Sunday Night Football in Vegas with Tom Brady leading his new team is too good to pass up!
The other marquee match-up could be with the Indianapolis Colts visiting Vegas. Philip Rivers is the new Colts QB and a long-time hated rival, so this would be another interesting way to go. The Saint, Bills, & Dolphins are the other options and there are various levels of interesting match-ups there, but I would be shocked if it’s not Tampa Bay, Colts, or Broncos on Sunday Night or Monday Night football.
Where can I buy Raiders tickets for 2020?
The Raiders sold out their season tickets and PSL in 2020, so there will likely be very few if any, single-game tickets available from the Raiders directly. Tickets will be available via Stubhub and the NFL Ticket Exchange. Tickets will likely go onsale at Stubhub after the NFL schedule is announced later this week.
Who will the Raiders play this year?
2020 Raiders Home Games: Denver Broncos, Los Angeles Chargers, Kansas City Chiefs, New Orleans Saints, Indianapolis Colts, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins
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2020 Raiders Away Games: Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, New York Jets, Atlanta Falcons, Cleveland Browns, Carolina Panthers
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When will tailgating and parking packages be released?
Raiders parking packages where supposed to be released in early spring, but with the schedule being delay, pushed this back. We speculate that parking and tailgating information will be released shortly after the NFL schedule, subject to COVID-19 restrictions.
Will there be a 2020 NFL Season? And if so, will fans be part of it?
This is the million dollar question right now. I think it’s too early to tell, but the NFL is confident enough that they plan to release a full schedule without many modifications. Whether that is pre-mature or off-base? Only time will tell.