NFL fans were disappointed to learn that Monday night’s game wouldn’t start as scheduled, and the reason was mind-boggling.
NFL fans who turned on their televisions to watch Monday Night Football today would be bitterly disappointed.
The Los Angeles Chargers were scheduled to face the Las Vegas Raiders at 8:15 PM ET, but the game didn’t start until 8:50 PM.
Why the 35 minute delay? The $5 billion stadium – or AUD$6.9 million – roof was not enough to prevent heavy rains.
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SoFi Stadium is completely covered except for a few panels on the side. Due to the pouring rain and the presence of lightning in the Los Angeles area, officials chose to postpone the game.
At one point, SoFi Stadium’s video board went down for a few minutes and had to be reset. It quickly became a laughing matter.
Former NFL star Pat McAfee said on his podcast that the stadium is “arguably the dumbest stadium in the NFL”.
“Imagine paying $5 billion for a car with windows that wouldn’t open. It actually was,” he said.
“They had the roof, they had the bottom, only one of the windows couldn’t go up or down. That means we couldn’t play the game.
“I didn’t expect SoFi Stadium to be the biggest shame of Monday Night Football.
“I understand that lightning was coming…but that’s why you have a roof on your house.”
SoFi Stadium, the former location of the Hollywood Park Racetrack, opened in September 2020. Super Bowl LVI is scheduled to be held on February 13, 2022 next year.
The 100,000-seat venue is also a contender for the opening ceremony of the 2028 Summer Olympics.
The Raiders eventually suffered a 28-14 defeat, the team’s first loss of the season.
Justin Herbert threw three touchdowns and Austin Ekeler ran back to 117 yards as Los Angeles headed for the win.
Herbert set the NFL rookie record of 31 touchdown passes last season and has now thrown seven in his last two games, including three over the Raiders in the battle of AFC West rivals showing signs of serious playoff contenders.
“We told everyone to believe in each other and we did well and we played well,” said Herbert.
“We had a great plan all week.”
Derek Carr, who entered the game as league leader in passing yards, threw two touchdowns for the Raiders, leaving the Arizona Cardinals the only undefeated team in the NFL.
It marked the first time the Chargers had won a Monday Night Football game since October 14, 2013.