Raiders in no rush to get to Las Vegas
Once again, the Oakland Raiders are no more. Or at least, the AFC West franchise will move to Las Vegas, Nevada, for the 2020 season. However, the Raiders don’t appear in a rush to get packed for Sin City.
The Raiders will spend the offseason and even training camp in 2020 remaining in the Bay Area, strangely. While the move has been in the works for years now—the third relocation in franchise history after going back and forth between Oakland and Los Angeles in 1982 and 1995—head coach Jon Gruden announced on Monday that the team plans to work out in the offseason in Alameda, California.
“We’re going to have our offseason program here, starting around April 15, whenever the league allows us to start,” Gruden said in his season-ending press conference at team headquarters in Alameda. “We’ll have our offseason program here, then we’ll have our training camp in Napa, and my understanding is after we break training camp, we will formally move to Las Vegas.”
The Raiders will play in Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas in 2020, but they won’t have much time to get adjusted to the new home turf until the conclusion of training camp, according to Gruden.
Oakland failed to reach the postseason in Gruden’s second season back with the franchise during 2019, finishing 7-9 with a three-game incremental improvement over last year. The Raiders played their final game at RingCentral Coliseum in Week 15 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, losing 20-16.