The Las Vegas Raiders will be hosting a mandatory minicamp in the Las Vegas area in June which will be the team’s first event in their new home.
The Tyson Fury-Deontay Wilder fight in Las Vegas was a star-studded event with big names from all segments of the entertainment sector coming together for the grand spectacle. One of the big names in attendance was Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden who was interviewed in his seat before the fight began.
Gruden confirmed during the interview that the first football-related event that the Raiders will be hosting in their new home is a mandatory minicamp from June 14-16. The exact details as to where the event will be held have not been released yet but Gruden also confirmed that they plan to make it open to the public so fans can attend.
The team could either host the camp in Las Vegas itself or in Henderson where their new practice facility and team headquarters will be located. Having an open minicamp is not standard practice in the NFL with teams preferring to hold open practices for fans during training camp.
The Raiders are still planning to have their annual training camp in their usual location of Napa, California but having events like this in the Las Vegas area will naturally be part of their plan in establishing the fan base in a new location. With strong ticket sales and PSL sales there are signs that Raider Nation, for the most part at least, has embraced the move to Las Vegas or have at the very least accepted it.
While many of the Raider faithful may be coming from out of town for the games themselves, having smaller events like this could lead to building the team’s fanbase in Las Vegas and Nevada as a whole. With Clark County, the county in which Las Vegas and Henderson reside, exhibiting incredible growth from year to year, there will be plenty of recent transplants to the area who may be looking for a local team to support and in that case, what better team than the Silver and Black?