The Raiders are getting ready for their second full season in Las Vegas — their first in front of full-capacity crowds. With the return of Raider Nation comes the debut of tailgating at Allegiant Stadium. We can’t wait to see what Raider tailgating traditions will be carried over to the Nevada desert.
In this guide, we’ll help you get ready for game day and offer tips on tailgating at Allegiant Stadium.
Before Game Day
Las Vegas Raiders 2021-22 Home Schedule
Here are the teams the Raiders will face at home this season. All games are on Sundays, except where indicated.
- Aug 14 (Sat.) – Seattle
- Sept 13 (Mon.) – Baltimore
- Sept 26 – Miami
- Oct 10 – Chicago
- Oct 24 – Philadelphia
- Nov 14 – Kansas City
- Nov 21 – Cincinnati
- Dec 5 – Washington
- Dec 26 – Denver
- Jan 9 – Los Angeles Chargers
Big Games: The teams in the AFC West have known each other forever, so the Raiders’ games against Kansas City, Denver, and the L.A. Chargers will be loads of fun — and possibly important.
The Raiders’ ticket office is the center of all options for seats, including single-game tickets and the NFL’s Ticket Exchange. You can also get on the waiting list for season tickets, which the Raiders call “Premium Seating Licenses.”
Allegiant Stadium is expected to fill up in its first season at full capacity, so get your tickets early.
Travel, Accommodations, and Transportation
Las Vegas, NV, is one of the world’s biggest tourist destinations. Here’s how to get there and a few recommendations for where to stay.
Traveling to Las Vegas
Driving: Interstate 15 and US Route 95 are the thoroughfares most long-distance drivers take to get to Vegas. Drivers coming from Arizona, New Mexico, and other southern areas might need to take Interstate 40 and US Route 93.
Air Travel: You’ll fly into Las Vegas Airport (LAS). It takes direct flights from 143 cities all over the world.
Rail: Las Vegas Union Pacific Station serves Amtrak’s Desert Wind and Las Vegas Limited lines.
Nearby Hotels and Accommodations
Las Vegas has approximately 150,000 hotel rooms. Accommodations closest to Allegiant Stadium include Staybridge Suites, Holiday Inn Express, Fairfield Inn & Suites, Courtyard, Delano, Hotel Galaxy, and Luxor.
Vegas hotels connected with casinos tend to be much less expensive since they make most of their income from gambling, so shop around. Here are some of TripAdvisor’s recommendations for Vegas hotels.
If you plan to host your own tailgate, consider getting a residential rental through Airbnb. They’ll have more room for your equipment, and you’ll have a kitchen for game-day prep. (Yes, some people live in actual houses in Las Vegas. So we’ve heard.)
Getting to Allegiant Stadium
Public transit options to Allegiant Stadium are plentiful. RTC Route 103, aka The Deuce, runs up and down the Strip every 15 minutes — get off at Mandalay Bay and walk across Hacienda Bridge to the field.
How to Tailgate at Allegiant Stadium
With tailgating at Allegiant Stadium, we’re kind of in uncharted waters. The venue opened in 2020, and the Raiders played their first season in Las Vegas in front of empty stands.
If the 2021 season goes off without a hitch, Raider Nation will experience its first year of tailgating in the Nevada desert. Here’s what we know about how it will go down.
Tailgating at Allegiant Stadium: Parking
Here are the best places to park for tailgating at Allegiant Stadium:
Allegiant Stadium has an unusual but well-organized parking setup. The Raiders control both on-site parking and a few lots scattered across the surrounding area. Check out the parking map to see. You might also appreciate their virtual interactive parking map.
Some lots near the stadium are reserved for season-long permit holders. Others will pay between $40 and $100, depending on where they park.
The Raiders’ parking page breaks down how much each lot costs each game. You have to buy parking passes in advance, but that’s easy to do on the parking page (the Raiders recommend SpotHero). Parking lots will open four hours before kickoff.
The Raiders have designated onsite lots A, C, E, F, G, H, and J for tailgating. They’ve done the same with off-site lots N, S, T, V, U, W, X, W, and Z.
Season-long RV parking passes are available to Premium Seat Licensees. If you happen to be one, email [email protected] to find out how to get one.
However, the Raiders website says that any vehicle over 20 feet long is not allowed on their parking lots, which means you may have to scour the area for off-site lots that allow RVs (many hotels do, albeit without full hookups). Research or call the lot operators to find out more.
Oasis Las Vegas RV Resort
One option must be seriously considered if you’re driving an RV: the Oasis Las Vegas RV Resort, about 4½ miles south of Allegiant Stadium. It’s perhaps the most luxurious RV campground in the world, with lots of amenities and full hookups. The Raiders have a working relationship with Oasis, offering free shuttle service to and from the stadium on game days.
Tailgating at Allegiant Stadium: Rules
Rules? At Raiders games? Are you kidding? The Raiders have no rules!
Seriously, though, neither the Raiders nor the Allegiant Stadium offers an extensive list of rules for tailgating on their respective websites. They may in the future if incidents arise. For now, just follow the stadium’s Code of Conduct on the stadium’s “A to Z” page. As much as possible, that is.
Nearby Drinks, Food, and Attractions
Things to do and places to eat or drink in Vegas? Yeah, there are a couple. Maybe three.
Just kidding. There are lots. Here are some suggestions for bars, restaurants, and tourist attractions in and around Las Vegas.
Bars Near Allegiant Stadium
Most of the bars and cocktail lounges closest to Allegiant Stadium are in hotels, so it’s just a matter of walking into one and pulling up a barstool.
Many establishments cater to sports fans, including The Tailgater Tavern, TAP Sports Bar at the MGM Grand, Tom’s Urban, Blondie’s, O’aces, Bourbon Street, Scooter’s Pub, Stadia at Caesar’s, Winning Streaks at Harrah’s Kansas City, and Red Zone at Gold Coast Casino. Most are open 24 hours.
Restaurants Near Allegiant Stadium
You’ll find tons of dining options on the Strip. Establishments closest to the stadium include:
- Fork & Burger
- Cafe Berlin
- Yum Cha
- Mamas Breakfast and Lunch
- Los Lupes Mexican Restaurant
- Yard House
- Lazy Dog
For more, check out TripAdvisor’s recommendations for Vegas restaurants.
Las Vegas Local Attractions
You’ll probably spend at least a few minutes or days on the Strip and its endless parade of luxury hotels. Some local tourist attractions include:
- The High Roller Observation Wheel
- Fountains of Bellagio
- “Eiffel Tower” Viewing Deck
- The Mob Museum
- Stratosphere Tower
- Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden
- The LINQ Promenade
- Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
- Fremont Street
- The Haunted Museum
- Pinball Hall of Fame
For more options, check out TripAdvisor’s recommendations.
We’re eager, if a little scared, to see how tailgating at Allegiant Stadium unfolds during its first full season. Raider Nation has always answered the call when it comes to partying in the past, and we’re sure they’ll do so again.