In recent days, some massive news has arrived out of Las Vegas. That’s because the Raiders announced that in order for fans to attend home games this year at Allegiant Stadium, they’ll need to show proof of receiving the coronavirus vaccination. It goes without saying, but the Raiders vaccine mandate could have an impact on Vegas gambling throughout the season. Fans are up in arms over this announcement.
Las Vegas Raiders are requiring COVID vaccine proof in order to be in the stands
Indeed, the Las Vegas Raiders are requiring COVID vaccine proof in order to be in the stands for all home games in 2021. As soon as the team revealed this news, folks on Twitter started losing their minds. Countless individuals also made it clear on Twitter and other social media outlets that they won’t be attending games.
This impacts gambling, because if some fans decide to boycott the Raiders altogether over this decision, this means they also won’t be checking out NFL betting odds and placing bets on the Raiders throughout the campaign as well. This will have a negative impact on all the Las Vegas sportsbooks who are expecting individuals to place wagers on Las Vegas betting as well.
“Health and safety has always been our number one priority,” Raiders owner Mark Davis said in a press release. “After consultation with Governor (Steve) Sisolak and other community leaders, this policy ensures that we will be able to operate at full capacity without masks for fully vaccinated fans for the entire season.”
Entering the new season, the Raiders are considered major underdogs to win the AFC West in 2021. With that said, the team will also be ready to be more than competitive in each contest throughout the season. Remember when they stunned the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium last season? Of course you do. With the vaccine mandate, the number of bets being placed could end up changing.
Raiders are also giving fans the chance to attend games if they get the shot at the stadium
In a surprising turn of events, the Raiders are also giving fans the chance to attend games if they get the shot at the stadium ahead of a contest. So, if you’re not vaccinated, you could actually go and get your shot before a Raiders game at Allegiant. Then, believe it or not, you’d then be able to attend that same game if you’re wearing a mask.
For those fans who show proof of the vaccine, they will not be required to wear a mask for the games. The regular season is right around the corner and the first home showdown for the Raiders in Las Vegas will be against the Baltimore Ravens on Sept. 13. As soon as that contest arrives, countless fans will be ready to see if Derek Carr can power Las Vegas to a win.
For that showdown between the Raiders and Ravens, Baltimore has opened as 4.5-point favorites to head to the road and beat Las Vegas. With Lamar Jackson powering the offense, the Ravens are always going to be serious threats to come away with a win. Having said that, Carr, Josh Jacobs, Henry Ruggs III and more will be ready to try and pull off an upset.
In order for that to happen, Las Vegas will need the fans at Allegiant Stadium to make plenty of noise and to try and rattle Jackson and the Baltimore offense from the opening kickoff. However, things will be made a bit tougher if there are empty seats and things aren’t at capacity. This could end up happening if the COVID mandate turns people off.
New COVID mandate will be in place for all major Las Vegas events
Moving forward, the new COVID mandate will be in place for all major Las Vegas events for the time being. So, not only will you need to show your vaccination card for NFL games, but if you plan on attending concerts, or other big-time events in Sin City, you better be prepared to showcase proof if you don’t want to wear a mask.
It should be noted, however, that if you’re not vaccinated, you’ll need to wear a mask. It doesn’t mean that you’ll be barred from the event in question that you were hoping to go to. But, you’d likely be placed in a different section that is designated only for people who don’t have the vaccine and will have to wear a mask from start to finish.
The mask mandate was recently put in place too, which is requiring people to wear masks in large areas or big group gatherings. This includes casinos. With the Delta variant continuing to take over, and cases on the rise all over Clark County, local officials had no choice but to put these new rules into place. While it faced some backlash, it feels like the best decision.
For the Raiders, in accordance with the governor, they know that having more than 50,000 people inside the stadium and either not wearing a mask or being vaccinated puts so many folks at risk. For Raiders fans, they’ll have to obey the new rules and policies to attend games. If they choose not to watch, or place a bet, that’s of course their call.