Jon Gruden shares passionate ‘hope’ for Las Vegas Raiders’ home opener

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The Raiders are set to play in Las Vegas for the first time ever soon. Head coach Jon Gruden expressed a passionate hope he has for their big reveal on “Monday Night Football” in Week 2.

Jon Gruden: ‘I pray and hope’ fans can attend home opener for Las Vegas Raiders

Speaking with Jerry McDonald of The Mercury News, Gruden was asked about the schedule. Last year, the Raiders’ schedule was absolutely brutal. Gruden expressed frustration about that.

Looking ahead to 2020, Las Vegas has a much more favorable schedule. Gruden said he is not looking too much into that and is focused on the first game on the road against Carolina.

However, he did share one passionate hope he has for the team’s first-ever game in Las Vegas.

“I just deep down pray and hope there‚Äôs a way we can get the fans in there and celebrate the arrival of the Raiders in Las Vegas. It could be really cool.”

The good news is that Nevada is trending the right way. So just maybe, Gruden could get his wish.

Then again, there seems to be a sense around the league that games will be played without fans. At least early on.