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The Oakland Raiders got to try out their $1.9 billion stadium for real on Monday night with a 34-24 win over the New Orleans Saints.
“Unbelievable,” quarterback Derek Carr said in video produced by Raiders.com last month. “As soon as everybody walks in here, your jaw drops. It’s the nicest stadium I’ve ever been in in my life.”
Allegiant Stadium is 546 miles in distance but light years away from the Coliseum in terms of amenities. With its futuristic feel from the outside, owner Mark Davis likened it to the fictional mobile space station from “Star Wars.”
“Welcome to the Death Star, where our opponent’s dreams come to die,” Davis said. “My father always said the greatness of the Raiders is in its future. Well today that future really starts…this is our field of dreams. This is our house.”
Though in their new house, the Raiders offensive line struggled mightily in the first half against the Saints defense, which sacked Derek Carr three times.
“The bright lights, the natural grass in a domed stadium, the spectacular locker room,” Raiders coach Jon Gruden said. “It’s a state of the art facility. It’s got everything you can imagine.”
The only dim spot was that the Raiders lost a valuable member of their o-line when Richie Incognito left the Monday night game after re-aggravating an Achilles tendon injury.
Reporter Jerry McDonald contributed to this report.
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Author: Jane Tyska