Three Teams, Two Stadiums and Zero Fans

What if three NFL franchises spent a combined $7 billion in constructing two brand new palaces of professional football, but nobody was allowed to enter and take a look? This previously unheard-of scenario is exactly what is taking place in the world famous cities of Los Angeles and Las Vegas, with the $5 billion SoFi Stadium and $2 billion Allegiant Stadium getting set to open for business with little more than a whimper.

Located in the southwest Los Angeles County city of Inglewood, the spectacular SoFi Stadium will play host to the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers respectively, joining East Rutherford, New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium as the only other NFL facility to lay claim to two franchises, in that case the New York Giants and New York Jets.

Situated three miles east of Los Angeles International Airport and nine miles southwest of downtown LA, the Rams and Chargers new digs will be the site of a bevy of big upcoming events including Super Bowl LVI, the 2023 College Football Playoff National Championship, 2026 FIFA World Cup and 2028 Summer Olympics.

These NFL betting lines for upcoming games feature the first big-time sporting event that will take the stage at SoFi, a highly anticipated Sunday Night Football Week 1 clash between the Rams and Dallas Cowboys.

Not to be outdone, the Chargers make their regular season home debut in a Week 2 battle with the defending Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs.

277 miles northeast on Interstate 15 sits Allegiant Stadium, the stunning $2 billion brand spanking new abode of the former Oakland now Las Vegas Raiders. Found just across the freeway from the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, in the shadow of the iconic Las Vegas Strip, Allegiant will serve as the home of the Raiders and UNLV Rebels, along with the annual Las Vegas Bowl.

The Raiders are slated to open up with a Week 2 Monday Night Football matchup against Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints.  

Get set for what will be perhaps the weirdest and most unusual season in NFL history.