Raiders could play NFL exhibition game in Regina

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The Raiders could be coming to the home of the Riders.

The city of Regina and soon-to-be Las Vegas Raiders are in discussions about the possibility of playing an NFL exhibition contest at Mosaic Stadium in Regina this August, according to sources.

Saskatchewan plays at home on August 1 and not again until 23 days later on the 24th – ample time for a game to happen in between those dates.

The NFL approved the Raiders relocation to Vegas in March 2017, but the Las Vegas Stadium isn’t scheduled to be completed until 2020. The Raiders lease agreement with the city of Oakland for the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum expired after the 2018 season. An agreement for 2019 has been reached between the Raiders and Coliseum officials.

The Raiders are slated to play one ‘home game’ in London during the 2019 schedule.

The deal has yet to be finalized and could fall apart but the signs of it happening are pointing in the right direction.

It would be the second scheduled non-Riders pro sports event at Mosaic in 2019, the stadium is hosting the NHL Heritage Classic on October 28 between the Winnipeg Jets and Calgary Flames.

The capacity of Mosaic Stadium is 33,350 compared to the coliseum in Oakland which holds 56,057 for football.

There’s speculation the opponent in Regina for the Raiders pre-season game could be the Green Bay Packers.

Justin Dunk is a football insider, sports reporter and anchor.