Ton of empty seats as Las Vegas Raiders host Bengals at Allegiant Stadium

NFL: Cincinnati Bengals at Las Vegas Raiders
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The Las Vegas Raiders, fully in the midst of the AFC Playoff race, played host to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday at Allegiant Stadium.

The first quarter of said game was about as ugly as it gets with the two teams exchanging field goals. However, there weren’t a bunch of fans in the stands at Allegiant as the game kicked off Sunday afternoon.

Check out the scene just off the Vegas Strip. It’s pretty ugly, and will continue to raise questions about Raiders fandom in Vegas.

It must be noted that the Bengals’ fan base doesn’t necessarily travel well. We have not seen these same issues during home games earlier in the season, last Sunday night against the division-rival Kansas City Chiefs included.

It’s also important to point out that there’s still vaccination requirements for fans attending Las Vegas Raiders games at Allegiant Stadium.

Even then, there’s growing concern over interest in Raiders football. It wasn’t a huge deal last season with fans unable to attend games during the Raiders’ inaugural campaign in Sin City due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, several games into their second season, we’re seeing these issues pop up big time.

It’s not unlike the situations we’re seeing with the Rams and Chargers in Southern California, either. But something must be done about this.