UNLV Rebels to be first team to play in front of fans at Las Vegas Raiders' new stadium

LAS VEGAS -- Fans of UNLV football will be the first to attend a game at the home of the NFL's Las Vegas Raiders after the university's plan to allow a limited number of spectators was approved by the Southern Nevada Health District and Nevada's Department of Business and Industry.

The Rebels are scheduled to host in-state rival Nevada at Allegiant Stadium on Saturday in the annual battle for the Fremont Cannon, college football's largest rivalry trophy. It will be the first game played before fans at the new stadium since the Raiders have decided to play their inaugural season in Vegas before empty seats amid the pandemic.

UNLV is limited to 3% of the stadium's capacity, about 2,000 spectators.

Fans attending the game must be screened upon entry and will be required to wear face coverings and maintain social distancing. The approval is strictly for UNLV's first two home games at Allegiant Stadium. The school said plans must be resubmitted for any games after that.

"This is a big deal for the community, this is a big deal for the two cities, this is a big deal for the university, the alumni,'' UNLV first-year coach Marcus Arroyo said.