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The Oakland Raiders are expected to complete their transfer this year, officially changing their name to the Las Vegas Raiders. After finishing third in their division last year, the Raiders are hoping a new stadium and some fresh players will improve their outlook for 2020 and beyond.

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The Raider’s Stadium in Las Vegas, named Allegiant Stadium, is set to have 65,000 seats, provide ample parking for fans and will be expected to create thousands of part-time jobs. The Raiders partnered with the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and Allegiant to see the completion of the fantastic black and silver building easily visible from I-15 freeway as you drive into the bustling desert city. Being the official Gaming Partner, MGM will be hosting the MGM Club at Allegiant Stadium, featuring a full-service bar, luxurious lounge and premium stadium seating (i.e. a betting lounge). 

While there still won’t be any physical betting locations, being within a legal sports betting jurisdiction allows the stadium to at least consider official betting lounges and accepting sports book sponsorships. Mobile betting, however, has been confirmed for the new Raiders Stadium and we can expect this to be loudly showcased throughout the stadium and within their unofficial betting lounge. Mobile bets are convenient, especially inside a mammoth building like the Allegiant Stadium, and with thelatest bonus codeseven betting on poor odds could be profitable. 

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Still, fans will only be betting on a team that can perform and, as it stands, the Raiders have some work to do. They are currently training in Napa Valley in Northern California, but preparing to complete their preseason in Henderson, Nevada, outside Las Vegas. Jon Gruden, going into his sixth season overall as a Raiders coach, has been working with Quarterback Derek Carr and 2020 draft picks Henry Ruggs and Damon Arnette, seeking to fill in the gaps in their strategies and skill set. Sorely missing a wide receiver, Ruggs is a very happy addition to the Raiders team and many, fans and players alike, have high expectations for the young University of Alabama wide receiver and what he will do for the team in upcoming games. 

A brand new stadium is an excellent morale booster. When the team moves from Napa Valley to Henderson for the preseason, the changes will be made real and we may yet see some renewed life and fight from the old Oakland Raiders in 2020. Only time will tell.

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